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How to Apply to Our Graduate Program

The department offers two graduate degrees:  the Ph.D. in Psychology, with tracks in Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Behavior and Brain Sciences (concentrations in: Developmental, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Social-Personality, and Vision Sciences); and the M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, or I/O Professional Master’s Program. 

This webpage provides instruction for applying to the Ph.D. in Psychology.

Applicants to the MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Gwinnett should visit the IOMP website for admissions and application information.


Our doctoral programs have different application deadlines.  All required materials must be received by your intended program’s deadline in order for your application to receive full consideration. Applicants are admitted for the fall semester only. Deadlines are for consideration for admission for the following fall.

Clinical deadline:  NOVEMBER 15

Industrial-Organizational deadline:  DECEMBER 1

Behavioral and Brain Sciences deadline: DECEMBER 1


Applicants to the Ph.D. in Psychology must submit all of the following items in order to receive full consideration:

  • UGA Graduate School application and application fee 
  • Official GRE scores. Use institution code 5813.  
  • Transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. Please see the Graduate School's instructions for submitting transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation. List the names and e-mail addresses of three references within the Graduate School application. References will receive a link to access a secure page where they can submit recommendations electronically.
  • Supplemental Application  For Industrial-Organizational and Behavioral and Brain Sciences applicants only. Clinical applicants are not required to submit this form. Industrial-Organizational Program Applicants must also complete this faculty preference survey.
  • Curriculum Vitae  
  • Statement of Purpose. Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Industrial-Organizational applicants should follow their prospective program’s guidelines within the Supplemental Application when writing the Statement of Purpose.  Clinical applicants should follow the guidelines below.  

The Supplemental Application (if required by your intended program), Statement of Purpose, and Curriculum Vitae may either be submitted through the Graduate School’s online application—combine the completed Supplemental Application with your Statement of Purpose to upload—or may be e-mailed to the Psychology Department at   

Statement of Purpose Guidelines for Clinical Program Applicants

Submit a statement of fewer than 1000 words that specifically addresses all of the following points:

  1. Research:  a. Type of project(s), e.g., thesis or other independent project, assistant to faculty; b. Purpose of project(s); c. Responsibilities; d. Supervision
  2. Clinical:  Description should include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: a. Type of experience, e.g., volunteer, paid mental health worker; b. Population, e.g., hospitalized individuals with schizophrenia; c. Responsibilities; d. Supervision (by whom, what kind, how much, how often)
  3. Teaching:  a. Responsibilities; b. Supervision
  4. Interests:  a. Describe issues/problems and clinical populations on which you would like to focus your research and clinical training; b. Indicate members of the University of Georgia Clinical Psychology faculty with whom you think you have compatible or complementary interests.
  5. Goals:  Describe the career to which you aspire after earning your Ph.D. (e.g., research, teaching, clinical practice) and why you would choose this career.
  6. Other:  Briefly describe any special skills or abilities not listed above, e.g., computer programming.


International applicants are usually required to take the TOEFL or IELTS and may have additional application requirements from the Graduate School. Please visit the Graduate School's Supplemental Information for International Applicants.

Optional items — copy of thesis, paper presentations, publications or other evidence of scholarly or professional work — may be e-mailed to the Psychology Department at

Application fee waivers are available to applicants participating in certain programs. See this Graduate School page for more information.

Click here for more Graduate School admissions information.

We prefer to receive electronic documents. However, paper application materials may be mailed to:

Dr. Anne Shaffer
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Psychology
The University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-3013

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

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