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Ph.D. Program Overview 

Students apply to one of four concentrations: Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Neural Science, Developmental Psychology, or Social Psychology. These four areas provide a home base for faculty members and graduate students; however, students move easily across these areas pursuing research interests and projects. There is an explicit cross-area program in health, and cross-area interests in sexuality, developmental psychopathology, and biological bases of behavior. Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for more information about the program.


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A unique feature of our program is the highly collaborative environment that exists among researchers within areas, across areas, and with other departments such as Computer Science, Medicine, etc. A strength of this approach to graduate training is that it allows a fresh perspective to familiar questions and produces findings that are relevant to the field as a whole, not just a select niche.

Apply to the Graduate Program

**For questions regarding the graduate program and the graduate application process, please contact Cindy White at or by phone at 801-585-7167.

Required Materials

The Psychology Department requires the following materials be submitted as part of the online application:

  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose
    Your personal statement should summarize your research and career goals, prior educational and work experience, and any other appropriate information. Make sure to indicate which faculty members you hope to work with and include a discussion of the parallels between their research interests and your own, as well as the reasons for your interest in our program. Two to three pages double-spaced is sufficient.
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Transcripts
    unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended (attached to the online application); official transcripts are required only if offered admittance to the graduate program, and at that point should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions office.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    may be completed online (preferred), or submitted by hard copy directly to the Psychology Department.
  • GRE test scores
    University of Utah code: 4853
    Psychology Department code: 2016
  • GRE advanced subject test*
    *The advanced subject test is only required for Clinical applicants who do not have either a bachelor's degree or master's degree in psychology.

CUDCP's policy for Admissions Offers and Acceptances

CUDCP's policy for Admissions Offers and Acceptances (PDF)

Online Application

We admit students once a year, for fall semester. Our application deadline is December 1st, 11:59 PM MST.   

PLEASE NOTE: Graduate applications are reviewed in mid-December, with telephone interviews typically conducted by early January. On-campus interview day will be February 7, 2020.  Final decisions are made and communicated to all applicants by the middle of March.



All applicants are automatically considered for financial assistance; no separate financial aid forms are necessary. Announcements of admission and support will be made on or before April 1, and applicants who choose to enroll are expected to begin their studies the following Fall Semester. See our Scholarships/Funding page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a number of frequently asked questions and their answers, check the FAQ

Last Updated: 11/12/19