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Admission to the Psychology Graduate Program

The Psychology Graduate Program admits students for fall semester only. Our application window opens early September and closes December 1. 

We welcome applications from a diversity of communities.

Before applying to the psychology graduate program, please find out which faculty mentors are considering applications for the fall 2022 graduate program (PDF)

All applicants must satisfy both the general admission requirements of the Emory University Laney Graduate School, and the Psychology Department's Graduate Admission Requirements (below). Your application must be created and submitted via the Laney Graduate School online application portal

Financial Support

Graduate students admitted to the Psychology Program are awarded an annual stipend, tuition scholarship, and health insurance.


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If you have general questions about departmental graduate program requirements, paperwork, and application procedures and status, please contact:

Graduate Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Senior
Paula Mitchell

Can I apply to do a Master's Degree?
Emory Psychology does not offer a terminal master's degree. Enrolled Graduate students complete a master's thesis as part of their requirements towards candidacy for a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD).

Admissions and enrollment data is available on the Laney Graduate School Degree Program website.

What We Look For

The Psychology Department selects applicants based on their academic research experiences, their scholarly record, and the fit between the applicant's research interests and goals, and the interests and expertise of faculty who are admitting students in a given year.

Psychology is committed to strong mentoring relationships between faculty and graduate students. Students are typically admitted into the graduate program as a member of a specific professor's research group. Graduate Students are able to change their mentor if their goals change and if a different mentor is willing to adopt the mentee.

Psychology Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree or Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree
  • Transcripts and other evidence of academic work from all previous graduate and undergraduate institutions
  • Statement of Purpose that outlines in 750 - 1,500 words your reasons for undertaking doctoral study in psychology, your goals, why you have matched yourself to a particular concentration and potential faculty member(s), and a description of relevant research experience.
  • Résumé / C.V. 
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General is required.

We consider the GRE General scores among our admission criteria, as part of the whole application. We do not impose cut-off scores or use GRE General scores to rule out further consideration of applicants; we do not use GRE scores as the sole criterion for further consideration of applicants. Rather, we take a holistic approach to the materials that applicants submit, including contextualizing GRE scores in terms of knowledge of  score disparities across different demographic groups. The GRE test scores are reportable for five years following the test date. Note: We do not seek the GRE Psychology Subject Test—the General GRE suffices.

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic research performance. Please confirm all three of your recommenders' email addresses.
  • Application Fee of $75 (fee waivers may be available).

Note: The online application form for the psychology program requests that you specify at least one primary concentration area, and a rank-order of up to three affiliated faculty mentors who are considering applications. The list of faculty considering applications for fall 2022 is now available for viewing. The application window opens early September and closes December 1.

Laney Graduate School online application portal

writing sample is not required for an application to the Psychology Graduate Program.

English Language Requirement

Applicants who have not studied for at least one year in an English-speaking university or country are required to submit scores from a Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

International applicants should consult the Laney Graduate School International Applicants page for information on  documentation required for their application.

Application information for undocumented / DACAmented applicants

Application Steps

For your application, you will need to specify at least one primary concentration area, and rank-order up to three affiliated faculty mentors who are considering applications.

Note: Faculty who are not considering applications may be open to co-mentoring with faculty who are considering applications. If you have a particular co-mentoring team in mind, or want to consider the idea of being co-mentored, be sure to email your potential primary mentor and explore the idea with them.

Applicants may choose a secondary concentration if it will support their goals for graduate school. Indicate this selection in your application form submitted through Laney Graduate School.

Note: If you choose Clinical Science as a secondary concentration, you will not be eligible to pursue the clinical training program and furthermore, will not be license-eligible.  

1. Consider the Psychology Graduate Program's four concentrations areas: Behavioral and Systems NeuroscienceClinical ScienceCognitive and Computational Sciences, and Developmental Science  

a. Review the list of faculty considering applications for fall 2022. The online application portal opens early September and closes December 1.

2. Choose a primary concentration and affiliated faculty that is of most interest to you.

a. Make note of the affiliated faculty mentors (who are considering applications) in your chosen concentration area. Bear in mind that most faculty are affiliated with more than one concentration area.
b. Pick and rank-order up to three faculty members affiliated to your chosen primary concentration area for mentorship. Remember to check that they are considering applications.

3. Read the Psychology Department's graduate admission requirements

4. Prepare your application materials so they can be easily uploaded online

5. Complete your online application and upload all required materials

6. Track the status of your application in your online account

7. Email any questions about the Psychology Graduate Program to our Graduate Academic Degree Services Coordinator, Paula Mitchell.


Open for applications. Faculty may begin reviewing applications before the December 1 deadline.


Applications close December 1


Faculty complete reviews of all applications

Admitting faculty invite a small number of highly qualified applicants to interview in February


Interviews are held with shortlisted candidates

Shortlisted international applicants are usually interviewed by phone or video call


Admission offers are sent out (may also appear in your application account)


Final acceptance or denial of offer by April 15

Applicants who are no longer under consideration will be notified once final acceptances have been received

Admitted Students

Further information for admitted students

New students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. will need to obtain a visa - information for International Students