How to Apply

Admission to any UMN graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from outside the U.S.

Application Information

All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online admissions system by 11:59 pm EST on December 1.

The Department of Psychology accepts students only for the PhD, and only for the fall semester. We do not accept applications for an MA.

Applications open for the upcoming admissions cycle on the first Tuesday in September. Applicants are encouraged to start preparing materials earlier but should wait until this date to start an online application. If you initiate an application prior to this date you will not be able to select the correct admission term and you may have to redo portions of your application.

Application Steps

Your first step is to learn about the Psychology PhD program and research our seven areas of specialization and the area’s faculty members to determine if there is a strong alignment with your research interests and goals. Each areas' faculty members are listed on the area’s webpage with links to information about their research and areas of expertise, and you can check to see if a faculty member you are interested in working with is considering new advisees.

You will need to decide which area you are applying to before you start your online application because all applicants apply directly to an area of specialization. Our students must have a primary advisor in their area of specialization, so the application will require you to identify one or two area faculty members that you are interested in working with.

Please note that only faculty in the area of specialization you are applying to will review your application. 

If you decide that our PhD program aligns with your interests and goals, review our Admissions Guidelines to gauge whether you might be a competitive applicant and to understand our application review criteria. The Psychology PhD program has many more applicants each year than the number of available openings.

Review our Application Checklist and prepare materials for all of the required components of your application file. Applications are reviewed holistically, so only complete applications containing all of the area’s required application components are eligible for review. Some areas require GRE scores

International applicants should consult our English Language Proficiency requirements. Please note that the Department of Psychology has more stringent requirements than those set by the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the department’s as well as the Graduate School’s requirements to be considered for admission.

To apply, you must submit an application through the Graduate School’s online application portal by the December 1 deadline. This is a University-wide application system; specific requirements set by the Department of Psychology are provided on our Application Checklist. Please follow them carefully to ensure your application is complete.

If you anticipate needing financial assistance to pay the application fee ($75 for domestic and $95 for international), review our fee waiver information on the Application Checklist and submit a request by the deadline. Funds are limited and available for competitive applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Faculty review all complete application files. Application review begins immediately after the December 1st deadline. Please monitor the email account you used for your online application and respond promptly if the department or the Graduate School contact you with questions or requests for additional information. 

All applicants will be notified when admissions decisions are finalized, typically in January or February. Admitted applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment event, which typically is held in mid to late February.

Applicants who are considered for admission will automatically be considered for various types of departmental funding

You can check the current status of your application materials in the online application portal.

  • The Department of Psychology offers Virtual Admissions Information Sessions for applicants to the Psychology PhD program. Join us to learn about our program and admissions process, and to get your questions answered.
  • The Graduate School’s website provides general application instructions and answers to frequently asked questions. 
  • The Diversity in Psychology Program (DPP) centers the experiences of individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Participants learn about graduate education in Psychology at the University of Minnesota and the application process. We accept applications for DPP annually July 1-August 25.
  • The Graduate School Diversity Office offers admissions and application consultations (email to schedule)
  • The Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP) provides virtual, graduate-student-led mentorship to prospective applicants. Services center the experiences of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC), low-income, first-generation, LGBTQIA+).