Completion of our graduate program leads to a PhD degree; we do not offer a terminal Master’s degree. Applications are welcome from students with Bachelor's or Master's degrees. Students are admitted each fall semester; applications are due December 1st, 2022. Application materials can be accessed on the graduate section of the department website.

The GRE is not required for Fall 2022 applications. We will not be considering GRE scores in selection decisions this year.

Admission is competitive and is based upon past academic performance, letters of recommendation, and the match between the applicant’s research interests and those of the faculty. Previous research experience is highly valued. The majority of admitted students receive funding in the form of teaching or research assistantships, with levels of support and benefits typical of those offered among doctoral-level psychology programs. Students may qualify for supplemental funding from the Graduate School.

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. A previous degree in psychology is not required, although prior coursework in psychology is highly recommended. Students whose interests do not coincide with the foci of the Applied Social Psychology program will not be considered for admission. Candidates from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application Procedure

Several items are required before an application is complete. These include the Graduate School application,  transcripts of all previous academic work, and three letters of recommendation.  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.

The following faculty are accepting graduate students this year:

  • Burnette, Dr. Jeni
  • Volpe, Vanessa
  • Widman, Laura
  • It is highly recommended that you contact the faculty member(s) you would like as a mentor prior to the application deadline to discuss your research interests and match.
  • The Applied Social Psychology Program is hiring a new faculty member to start in Fall 2023! If you are interested in our graduate program but not a great research fit with any of the current faculty who are accepting a student, we still welcome you to apply. You might be a match with our new faculty member coming in and could be selected for an interview.