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Admission to the Psychology Graduate Program

The Psychology Graduate Program admits students for the fall semester only. Our application window to join the fall 2023 cohort has closed. Information about the next round of applications will be posted in summer 2023. Emory Psychology does not offer a terminal master's degree.

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 Application Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the General Admission Requirements as laid out by the Emory University Laney Graduate School as well as the following:

PLEASE NOTE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General will not be required for the 2023 admission cycle.

  • 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
  • Selection of Concentration and Faculty Mentors and a rank-order of up to three affiliated faculty mentors who are considering applications. 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.)
  • TOEFL Scores must be submitted for applicants who are non-native English speakers. Our institution code is 5187 (no department code is needed). This requirement is waived if the applicant will receive a BS, BA, or MS degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction. See below for more information. 


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Paula Mitchell
Graduate Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Senior
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Sherryl H. Goodman
Director of Graduate Studies and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology
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writing sample is not required for an application to the Psychology Graduate Program.

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

Application information for DACAmented or undocumented applicants can be found here.


English Language Requirement

If your native language is not English, you must show evidence of command of the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you need to submit TOEFL scores, our institution code is 5187 (no department code is needed).

Can the TOEFL requirement be waived?

The TOEFL exam is waived if the applicant will receive a BS, BA or MS degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction. For questions and clarification, please contact Paula Mitchell ( before submitting your application.