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Application Checklist

The Department of Psychology will admit an incoming class of PhD students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Our online application system will reopen on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 and you may submit your application when you are ready. Our graduate admissions deadline is December 1, 2020.
Questions about the online application 
should be directed to the
Graduate School:

Contact the Department of Psychology
with any other questions:

The deadline to submit all of your application materials is December 1st. Late applications or materials (with the exception of official test score results) will not be accepted. Please note we only admit for the Fall semester. Applications recieved for other terms will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed immediately after the application deadline of December 1st. You will be notified when admissions decisions are finalized. In January, our most competitive applicants will be invited to attend our welcome weekend event, which is typically held in the last week of February. Applicants can check the current status of their application materials on the online application

Application Materials & How to Submit:

To apply to the PhD program, you must submit an application to the University's Graduate School through the online application

  • Select “University of Minnesota – Twin Cities” as the University of Minnesota campus you plan to attend
  • Select “Psychology - your intended area of specialization - PhD” from the program list (you are only permitted to apply to one area) 
  • Be sure to select your entry term as "Fall" or your application will not be reviewed. 
  • Use the online application to upload all supplemental materials for your Graduate School application
  • We do not accept mailed copies of any admissions materials, including official test scores or transcripts. All materials must be uploaded via the online application.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. View more information about transcripts and credentials.

GRE Scores

For Fall 2021: Because of the COVID pandemic, we will not require students to submit GRE scores for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Applicants who can obtain scores (i.e., it is feasible and can be done without risk) should submit them as part of our holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for our program. The CSPR, I/O, and QPM programs, in particular, strongly encourage applicants to submit GRE scores, if possible.

To submit official electronic GRE scores to the University you should use Institution code 6874. In addition, scores should be entered in the online application. It is acceptable for official scores to arrive after the December 1st deadline, provided scores are available in the self-reported field by the time of application submission.

Some of our areas also recommend that students submit subject-specific GRE scores this year, if possible. Please read our Admissions Requirements for more information.

English Language Exam Scores

TOEFL or IELTS - For non-native English speakers only

If you take the TOEFL, you must send official electronic scores to the University. Use Institution code 6874.
If you take the IELTS, official scores must be sent to:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    University of Minnesota
    309 Johnston Hall
    101 Pleasant Street S.E.
    Minneapolis, MN  55455

In addition, scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in the online application. It is acceptable for official scores to arrive after the December 1st deadline, provided scores are available in the self-reported field by the time of application submission.

You can view more information about TOEFL/IELTS scores and the University's English proficiency policy on their graduate school website.

Department/Program Forms

Complete the Psychology Program Application form in the online application. This is where you will identify faculty members with whom you have communicated or wish to work alongside. This is also where you will upload your course abstract documents.

  • Cognitive and Brain Science (CAB) applicants will also be asked to select an area of emphasis within CAB
  • Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program (CSPR) applicants will be asked to briefly describe their research interests within CSPR and upload a supplement to the personal statement:
    • Please provide a 1 page single-spaced essay that describes your understanding of, and commitment to, clinical science-based training using the approaches embraced by our program.

Course Abstract Uploads I and II

Upload two-course abstracts to the Department/Program Forms application in the online application. Course Abstract I should list all psychology courses you have taken. Course Abstract II should list courses outside of psychology that would complement your chosen area of specialization. Further directions and examples can be found in the Course Abstract Sample.

Personal Statement

Upload your personal statement in the materials section of the application. Please review the personal statement prompt for further instructions. 

Resume or CV

Upload your resume or CV in the materials section of the application. Review detailed instructions on what we want to see in your resume or CV.

Three Recommendations

Your recommenders will be required to fill out a rating form and upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf. These must be in by the December 1st deadline. No more than three recommendations will be accepted. View more information about recommendations.

Application Fee

Fees will differ for U.S. and non-U.S. residents. Please review the Graduate School’s Application fee page for more information.

Please note that if you are a McNair Scholar or have done summer research through CIC SROP, MARC, the COR program, Howard Hughes, or other similar programs you may be eligible to have your application fee paid! Please contact for more information 

Diversity Statement (OPTIONAL - for U.S. residents only)

If you wish to be considered for the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship, please be sure to indicate this on your program application, and then upload a statement briefly describing how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity of background and experiences. Students who submit this second statement will automatically be considered for fellowship nomination by the Department - there is no need to contact the DGS. Submit a DOVE statement ONLY if you feel you meet DOVE Fellowship criteria. The DOVE Fellowship is only available to US residents. View more information about the DOVE Fellowship.