Graduate Admissions

The Department of Psychological Sciences welcomes applicants to our Ph.D. and certificate programs. We encourage applications from underrepresented social groups, including marginalized racial and ethnic group members, women and people who do not identify as cisgender, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, first-generation students, people who are undocumented immigrants, and members of marginalized religious groups.

 

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Application Deadlines

 

Concentration Early Deadline Final Deadline
Behavioral Neuroscience/Neuroscience December 1, 2022 February 1, 2023
Clinical Psychology N/A December 1, 2022
Developmental Psychology December 1, 2022 January 1, 2023
Ecological Psychology December 1, 2022 January 1, 2023
Industrial and Organizational Psychology N/A December 1, 2022
Language and Cognition N/A December 1, 2022
Social Psychology N/A December 15, 2022

Applicant notification deadline: April 15

All applications received by the final deadline for their concentration will be considered for admission and financial support. Applications received by the early deadline (if applicable) will be given preferential review. We will not consider late applications, and the University will not refund the application fee.

Application Requirements

The University uses an online application system that is managed by the Graduate School. All application materials should be submitted electronically through the online application system. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

Before You Apply, Please Note:

  • Applications are for Ph.D. and certificate programs only. UConn does not offer a terminal master’s degree in psychological sciences.
  • The Ph.D. in psychological sciences is a full-time program offered on the UConn Storrs campus.
  • Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in psychology; however, basic undergraduate-level courses in statistics, general psychology, and experimental psychology are recommended.
  • The GRE is no longer required, and GRE scores will not be considered for applications.

Graduate School Requirements

The University uses an online application system that is managed by the Graduate School. All application materials should be submitted electronically through the online application system. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

For questions related to the online application system, transcripts, fee waivers, TOEFL/IELTS waivers, or Graduate School admission requirements you may contact the Graduate School by email at gradadmissions@uconn.edu.

Application (electronic)

Applicants must submit all application materials through the online application system, which is managed by the Graduate School.

Application fee ($75)

This one-time fee is payable through the online application system via credit card. If you believe you may qualify for a waiver of the application fee, please visit the Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy and/or contact the Graduate School admissions office.

Transcript from each college/university attended

Applicants must upload one transcript from each college or university they attended as part of the online application.

  • International applicants: Please request an official transcript(s) and have them mailed to the UConn Graduate School Admissions Office.
  • Domestic and permanent resident applicants: You are only required to upload your unofficial transcript(s) at the time of application. The Graduate School will require official transcripts only when applicants are admitted to the University. Please send official transcripts directly to the Graduate School admissions office at gradadmissions@uconn.edu.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (for Non-Native English Speakers only)

If you are not a native speaker of English, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL and IELTS scores are only valid for two years from the original test date to submission of UConn application. You may use the results from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

    1. Receiving minimum overall scores of 79 (Internet-based test – iBT/ iBT Home Edition), 550 (Old Paper-based test – PBT) or 22/30 on each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections (“New” Paper-based test- PBT) or higher on the TOEFL (TOEFL Essentials is not accepted.)
    2. Receiving a minimum overall score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic test. (IELTS General Training and IELTS Indicator are not accepted.)
    3. Receiving a minimum overall score of 53 or higher on the PTE test.
    4. Receiving a minimum overall score of 100 or higher on the Duolingo test.
    5. Qualifying for a Score Waiver.pdf.
    6. The University of Connecticut American English Language Institute Proficiency Certificate as evidence of meeting academic proficiency in English.

TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo scores are only valid for two years (from original test date to submission of UConn application).

Please note: The Graduate School does not accept TOEFL MyBest Scores, or TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless the TOEFL ITP scores are from UConn.

If English is not your primary language**, and you plan to obtain a Teaching Assistantship (TA), you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class. For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

  • TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS. Use the codes listed below:
    • The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • PTE and Duolingo test scores are required to be sent to our University electronically directly by the testing company used in order for scores to be accepted as official.
    • Your IELTS testing center may require your UConn Graduate Application ID to request your official IELTS to be sent to our university. If this is the case, you can find this information on your Application Status Portal.
    • IELTS test scores are required to be sent to our University electronically directly by the testing company used in order for scores to be accepted as official. When sending official IELTS scores please use the following information if you are prompted to provide it:

**A primary language is defined as a language used to communicate since childhood.

If you believe you might qualify for a waiver of the Test of English Proficiency requirement, please contact the Graduate School at gradadmissions@uconn.edu.

Residence Affidavit for Domestic and Permanent Residents

The form is completed through the online application system. This document will help determine whether you qualify for in-state tuition rates. Please note that all domestic and permanent resident applicants must submit this document whether a resident of Connecticut or not. If you are not a Connecticut resident, please check the appropriate box.

Department of Psychological Sciences Requirements

The following materials are required by the Department of Psychological Sciences. For questions related to the Department of Psychological Sciences admissions or program requirements, please contact the Department at psychgrad@uconn.edu.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation, preferably from your instructors in psychology.

Note: Applications can be submitted prior to the receipt of any letters of recommendation.

It is preferred that applicants submit recommendations using the online application recommendation system. However, if a recommender prefers to submit the recommendation on paper, it should be mailed directly to the Department of Psychological Sciences using the address below. Please note that we do not provide specific forms or cover sheets for paper letters of recommendations. Hard copy letters should be written on letterhead with an original signature (or on regular paper with the recommender’s contact information included somewhere in the letter).

Mail paper recommendations to:

Graduate Admissions

Department of Psychology

University of Connecticut

406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020

Storrs, CT 06269-1020

Personal Statement

Please provide a personal statement (2-4 double spaced pages) that addresses the following points:

  1. Describe how your interest in psychology developed. Include the influence of personal, professional and/or volunteer experiences on your interest.
  2. What program are you applying for and why? Why at UCONN? What do you consider to be your personal strengths and limitations in relation to this program? What do you think you will add to the program and to the lab of your preferred advisor(s)?
  3. Please describe your research experience, computer experience, and statistical tests and packages with which you are familiar.

Identification of Preferred Faculty Advisor(s)

Applicants must identify 1-2 potential research advisor(s) in the online application system. Faculty advisor(s) should be members of the core faculty in the program concentration designated in your online application.

Failure to identify a preferred advisor may delay the review of your application. The online application allows for selection of up to two preferred advisors. Please note that indicating your preferred advisor(s) in your personal statement is not sufficient; you must also list them in the relevant section in the application system.

Resume

Applicants must provide a copy of their resume or CV

Writing Sample

Applicants must submit one sample they feel best represents their writing. There are no specific parameters or required length for the writing sample. It can be a research paper, journal article, or another form of writing. The document must be submitted in the online application system. If the document is too big to upload, it is recommended that you upload an abbreviated version of the document and indicate that admissions committees may contact you for a full version.

Application Procedure

After reviewing the requirements above and the Graduate School admissions information:

  1. Assemble your application materials for the online application system:
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Personal statement
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Writing Sample
  2. Pay the application fee through the online system.
  3. Complete the online application to the Graduate School.
  4. Additional steps
    • International applicants: After submitting your online application, please request your official transcript from each college/university you attended and mail them to the UConn Graduate School Admissions Office.
    • Non-Native English Speakers: Request official test scores (TOEFL/IELTS if required) and send them to UConn.
  5. If your recommenders preferred not to use the online system, send hard-copy recommendation letters directly to:

    Graduate Admissions, Department of Psychological Sciences
    University of Connecticut
    406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
    Storrs, CT 06269-1020

  6. Check the status of your application to ensure all required materials have been received and your application is complete. It is up to the applicant to verify all materials have been received.

Application Review Process

Faculty/Committe Reviews

Applications become available to faculty and/or admissions committee for each program concentration once they have been submitted by the applicant. The decision whether to review applications before they are complete is at the discretion of the program faculty/admissions committee. If an application is not complete at the time the faculty/committee reviews it, the application may or may not receive a second review once it is complete.

Once a decision has been made by the program faculty/committee, it will be entered into the online system and reviewed by the Graduate School. Once the Graduate School approves the decision the applicant will receive an email through the online application system notifying them to log into their online account to view the decision and, if admitted, to reply to the offer.

Final decisions on all complete applications that were received by the application deadline are typically made by April 1. Applications completed after the posted application deadline will be processed, however the later the application becomes complete, the less likely that the application will be approved for admission due to the limited number of openings in each program.

Interviews for Program Concentrations

The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology will formally interview their top candidates, usually in late January or early February. Clinical faculty will contact interview candidates via phone or email to offer an interview, typically in January.

Other programs may schedule visits for applicants or for students who have been admitted, however they do not have a formal interview process.

Applicants are welcome to contact individual faculty or the Program Heads to see if they would be able to meet with them, however a personal interview with a faculty member cannot be guaranteed until the applicant has been admitted.

Applicant Decisions and Notifications

Decisions are usually made by April 1. The Graduate School must approve all decisions made by the Department. Applicants will be notified of the official decision via the online application system. An email will be sent through the online system requesting that the applicant log in to the system to view the decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the program format? Where do courses take place?

The Ph.D. program is full-time on the Storrs campus. Students are expected to work full-time toward their degree except for assignments related to their coursework such as assistantships or internships. Courses are not offered online or at regional campuses.

Does UConn offer a master’s degree in psychological sciences?

UConn does not offer a formal master’s degree in psychological sciences. UConn Ph.D. students in psychological sciences earn a master’s degree along the way to completing their doctoral degree. Only on rare occasions will faculty accommodate students with exceptional circumstances and allow them to pursue a terminal master’s degree.

Do I need a master’s degree before I apply to UConn’s Ph.D. program in psychological sciences?

We do accept applicants who have a master's degree prior to applying for the Ph.D. program; however, it is not required. The preference of this is under the concentration's discretion. Please contact the head of your concentration of interest to inquire about this further.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in psychology to apply to UConn’s Ph.D. program in psychological sciences?

Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in psychology. It is recommended to have some psychology coursework (Stats, General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, etc.). However, the degree to which this is important is under the concentration’s discretion. Please contact the head of your concentration of interest to inquire about this further.

When will applicants learn whether they have been accepted to the program?

Decisions are usually made by April 1. Once a decision has been made by the Department of Psychological Sciences and approved by the Graduate School, the applicant will receive an email asking them to log in to the online application system to view the decision on their application.

Will you still accept my application if it is not complete by the deadline?

We do not refuse applications that are not complete by the application deadline. If transcripts or letters of recommendation are received after the deadline, they will be included in the application when they are received. Although missing application materials will be accepted after the deadline, please be aware that space is limited in the psychological sciences Ph.D. program; therefore, any significant delay in submitting application materials could affect your chances of being admitted.

Individual admissions committees will decide when to review incomplete applications. Committees may begin reviewing applications any time after the application deadline passes. If the application is reviewed prior to receipt of missing items, the application may not receive a second review once missing items are received.

Once I submit my application, am I able to make any changes to my application materials?

Once your online application is submitted to The Graduate School, the application is considered final and the Department does not make any changes to the application materials submitted. You are welcome to email the faculty advisor(s) you selected in the online application and inform them of any updates (e.g. awards, presentations, writing samples, certificates, publications etc.) you would like to share with them.

What are the general characteristics of students who are admitted to your program?

Our Department takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. The faculty carefully review all aspects of each admission file (i.e., GPA, recommendation letters, personal statement, etc.).

Download the Department's graduate admissions statistics to learn more about the characteristics of students admitted to our program.

Can I take courses as a non-degree student?

Prospective applicants who have not been admitted to a degree program at this University may take courses as a non-degree student although this will not guarantee admission at a later date. For more information on registering as a non-degree student, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

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