The UGA Department of Psychology, within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is a nationally recognized department with award-winning professors who are dedicated to providing the highest quality graduate education possible to our graduate students.

The Department of Psychology offers graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

The department has three graduate programs:

*Please note that the University of Georgia has 3 different departments on campus which offer degrees in some branch of Psychology. Students seeking graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology or Educational Psychology should direct their queries and applications to those departments.

Research Facilities

The Department is housed in a six-story building providing space for offices, seminar rooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and a training clinic for psychological services. Libraries contain leading journals and titles in psychology and related areas. Facilities include a functional brain imaging laboratory, histological laboratory, psychophysiological recording chambers, observation rooms with videotape equipment for studying infants, children, and adults, sensory electrophysiological facilities, vision research equipment, and housing for a variety of animal species.

The department also has access to the Institute of Behavioral Research and the University Computer Center. We also have cooperative agreements with a number of other Institutions. For example, a student can enroll for course in any University System school in the state, or Emory without having to matriculate and the courses will show up on the UGA transcript. We also have a long history of agreements to use research facilities at the Atlanta Zoo, Laboratory Animal Breeder Services, and the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, among others. More information about the specific research facilities available in the department is available on our research facilities page.

The Students

The University of Georgia has a current enrollment of around 31,000 of whom some 7,000 are graduate students. All geographic regions in the U.S. and numerous foreign countries are represented by the nearly 120 graduate students currently enrolled in the Psychology Department.

Recent Ph.D.s are employed as faculty at colleges and universities, at community mental health centers, in private clinical practice, and as researchers in private industry or government facilities.

The Community

Listed in several national ratings of cities as one of the most highly desirable places to live in the U.S., Athens, Georgia (known as the "Classic City"), blends the old with the new. Careful to preserve its "Old South" charm and heritage, as reflected in its Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture, the city also has made great strides in developing its cultural and industrial resources.

Athens/Clarke County, a community of approximately 110,000, is within a two hour drive of Atlanta, the Appalachian Mountains, and multiple recreational areas, and is served by air and bus. Athens has an excellent public school system, and two hospitals offering comprehensive health care and service; all major religious denominations are represented in the community. Major shopping, sports and recreational facilities are also available. Click here for more information on the Athens community.

How to Apply

The application to the Psychology doctoral program essentially has two parts. You'll need to submit one part to UGA's Office of Graduate Admissions at the Graduate School, and the other to the Psychology Department.

You will need to submit to Graduate Admissions:

  • UGA Graduate School Application
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE scores
  • One official transcripts from each institute of higher education attended

Please see this website for more information and a link to the online application:

You will need to submit to the Psychology Department:

  • Supplemental Application (available here:
  • Statement of Purpose (refer to guidelines within the Supplemental Application)
  • Three letters of recommendation. (Letters are a departmental requirement but are submitted online via the Graduate School application: List the names of recommenders in the fields on page three of the application along with their e-mail addresses. They will receive a link to access a secure page where they can submit your recommendation quickly and easily via the Web).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional: copy of thesis, paper presentations, publications or other evidence of scholarly or professional work.
  • For Industrial-Organizational Program Applicants, you must complete the survey at this link:

The supplemental application, personal statement, c.v., and optional documents may either be mailed or e-mailed in attachments the department.

Dr. B. Randy Hammond
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Psychology
The University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-3013
Email Address:

The deadline for receipt of admission materials for Fall Semester is December 1 for all programs.

Applications are considered complete when the department has received copies of all required information from the UGA Graduate Admissions Office, as well as all the required information submitted directly to the department.

Note to International applicants: International applicants are usually required to take the TOEFL and may have additional application requirements from the Graduate School. Please go to for more information.)

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator's Office at with any questions regarding the doctoral program or the admissions process.