Students are admitted each fall semester. Applications are welcome from students with Bachelor's or Master's degrees. A previous degree in psychology is not required, although some coursework in psychology is highly recommended. Admission is competitive and is based upon past academic performance, as well as Graduate Record Examination scores and letters of recommendations. Previous research experience is highly valued. Program faculty are also interested in learning about any special skills that an applicant may have (e.g., computer programming, experience in using computer software, electronics and wood/metal skills, design training and experience). Applications completed by January 5th are given first consideration for admission and assistantships.
Should I Apply?
Students are admitted who are strong academically, show an aptitude for research, and whose interests match well with the interests of a program faculty member. Students who are particularly interested in working with a specific faculty member are encouraged to contact that faculty member. Students whose interests do not coincide with the foci of the developmental program will generally not be considered for admission.
Several items are required before an application is complete. These include the Graduate School application, a personal statement applicable to the program in which you are interested, transcripts of all previous academic work and three letters of recommendation. Scores on the General GRE must be provided. The Psychology Subject Test is recommended, but is not required. The TOEFL is required for most international students. More specific details on what is needed, where to obtain the appropriate forms and/or how to submit required information is available in the graduate section of the department website.