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Application Checklist

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. 
Questions about the online application 
should be directed to the
Graduate School:
Contact the Department of Psychology
with any other questions:

In order to apply to the PhD program, you must submit an application to the University's Graduate School through the online application. Select "Psychology PhD" as your proposed major and degree objective and indicate the particular area of specialization you are applying for. Be sure to select your entry term as "Fall" or your application will not be reviewed. Use 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.

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 online application

Note that the online application is a University-wide application system and that not all areas of the application need to be completed for application to the psychology program. View and follow the list below carefully to learn what areas of the application need to be completed.

Materials How to submit:
Transcripts 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 You must send official electronic GRE scores to the University. 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.
The General GRE is required and we strongly recommend the psychology subject-specific GRE. To learn more about our preference for the subject specific GRE, please read our Admissions Requirements.
English Language test 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 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 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.
View more information about TOEFL/IELTS scores and the Department of Psychology’s minimum requirements. View more information on the University's policy.
Department/Program Forms Complete the Psychology Program Application form in the online application. This where you will be asked to declare your intended area of specialization (you are only permitted to apply to one area) and identify faculty members with whom you have communicated or wish to work alongside.
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 here.
Personal Statement The personal statement prompt and further instructions can be found here
Resume or CV Upload your Resume or CV on the Program Supplementary Information page.
View 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 US and non-US residents.
View more information for more information about fees.
Diversity Statement (OPTIONAL - for US 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.