How to Apply

Before completing your application, we ask that you first review information about each of our programs.


All application materials are due by December 1.


Our Applicant Interview Weekend is February 15th - February 16th.

*Note: The Clinical Psychology Program will extend invitations (including joint applicants) to visit for Applicant Interview Weekend by January 21, 2019 at the latest. 


Application Requirements

The department uses a self-managed application procedure. Applications are submitted through the ApplyYourself website. Official reports of GRE and TOEFL exams, are sent to us electronically by the testing services. Your recommenders must also submit their letters of recommendation through Apply Yourself. Copies of transcripts are accepted and may be uploaded on the Apply Yourself Website. Upon admission to the program you will be required to submit official transcripts from all prior institutions. Your application can be evaluated only when it is complete. Please use this Check List to be sure you have completed all requirements. All credentials must be received by December 1. We require the following application materials:


1. Application for Admission to Graduate Study

Applications must be submitted online at Note that the online application system is disabled after the December 1 deadline. The application form serves as an application for both admission and financial aid (fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships) in the Department of Psychology. You do not need to apply separately for financial aid.


You can apply to more than one program if you feel they meet your interests. Your chances of admission are not increased by applying to multiple programs. You should also indicate one or more faculty with whom you would most like to work. Faculty profiles provide details about individual faculty members' research (under People on this website). The Faculty Research link on the menu to your right provides additional information about research areas represented in the department.


2. Application Fee

An application fee of $50.00 may be paid online on the Apply Yourself website, or you mail a check or money order to us (made payable to the University of Pittsburgh). The application fee will be waived for applicants who identify themselves as Ronald E. McNair Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars, Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans, and for applicants currently serving or who previously served in the U.S. Armed Services. Documentation is required to receive a fee waiver.


3. Statement of Goals

Please include a statement of approximately 1,000 - 1,500 words concerning your plans for graduate study and a professional career. Please be as specific as possible about (a) the development of your academic interest in psychology and reasons for pursuing the PhD, (b) past research experience and current research interests, (c) clinical experience (if applicable), (d) special abilities and skills (e.g., programming, assessment, neuroimmaging), (e) long-term career goals, and (f) why you have chosen to apply to the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology and how your interests fit with the research program of the faculty member(s) whom you indicated on the application form.


4. Transcripts of All Credits

Transcripts are required from each undergraduate (and graduate) school attended. A notarized English translation is required if transcripts are in a language other than English. Please submit your transcripts through the Apply Yourself website by uploading copies of all transcripts. Official transcripts will be required upon matriculation into the graduate studies program.


5. Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be written by professors with whom you have studied or worked. The method of receipt is through the online system at ApplyYourself.


6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Official GRE scores are required. You may take the test more than once. Please have scores sent to the University of Pittsburgh using code 2927. Do NOT enter a department or program code. You may send a copy with your materials for informational purposes, but only official score reports submitted by ETS will be accepted for admission consideration.


The Psychology Subject Test - For the clinical program and joint clinical programs, this exam is not required, but recommended, especially for non-psychology majors. Please note: the GRE psychology subject test is usually given only once in the fall, and again in the late spring. You may still apply even if you missed the fall test. In this case your psychology GPA will be more heavily weighted in the application review process. It is optional for other psychology programs.


For information concerning the GRE, contact the Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or the testing center of the school you are attending.


7. Additional Materials

You may submit additional materials online (e.g., papers, reprints) that you think might assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application. If your additional materials are not able to be uploaded please send them to the psychology graduate studies office at the address below.


8. English Language Testing Scores (TOEFL/IELTS)

These scores are required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Exceptions are made for students who have received a degree from an English-speaking university. Applicants with TOEFL scores lower than 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 90 on the Internet-based test, or IELTS of lower than 6.5 will not be considered for admission.


If there is a need to mail any materials please use the contact information below:


Psychology Graduate Office

University of Pittsburgh

3129 Sennott Square

210 South Bouquet Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

t: 412-624-4502

f: 412-624-4428


Please note: All materials must be submitted by December 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.