Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

How to Apply to the Doctoral Program

The application deadline is December 1, 2019. Students applying for Fall 2020 must submit all admissions materials by December 1, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The application system will open September 1, 2019. When applying, you will be asked to choose an area of specialization and mentors within that area. You may only apply to one area. You can check the receipt of your materials, as well as your application status on the MyStatus page. Due to the volume of applications, the Department of Psychology cannot confirm the receipt of individual items.

HOW TO APPLY: All materials are submitted online. Please do not send hard copies of required application materials. We are unable to return original copies of documents sent to the department.

Submit the following items online to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC):

  1. The ApplyTexas Application:
    In the application you will be asked for the name of your proposed major and then asked for the specific area of interest or specialty within that major. At this point, indicate the area of psychology to which you are applying (e.g., Social and Personality, Developmental, etc.) and the faculty within that area with whom you would like to work. Faculty members review the application materials of students who have expressed an interest in working with them.
    Your ApplyTexas application must be submitted before you can upload your other application materials. As many as two days can pass between your submission of the ApplyTexas application and your receipt of the email with your EID and password to log into the MyStatus page. Please be patient and plan accordingly. If you do not receive the email with your EID and temporary password after two business days, please feel free to contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center.
  2. Application Fee: $65 application fee ($90.00 for international applicants). After completing your application and paying the application fee, you will receive an email with an EID and temporary password. This EID and temporary password, will allow you to log into the MyStatus website and upload your required materials.
  3. Statement of Purpose: A statement of one-to-two pages in length, outlining your reasons for pursuing the Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, should be uploaded to the MyStatus page. Faculty select students who are highly qualified on all admission criteria and who have expressed an interest in research that is congruent with their research programs. Your personal statement should emphasize your research interests and research experience.
  4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: When you complete the "References" portion of the online application for admission, you will give the names and email addresses of those you have asked to recommend you. Be sure that the email address is current and accurate. We do not accept letters from Interfolio. Recomenders must upload their letter to the applicant's online application. 

    Within 24 hours of your application submission, an automatic e-mail message will be sent to your recommenders. Note: You must submit your application in order for your recommenders to receive their email. The e-mail will contain instructions and a secure link to the letter of recommendation website. After you submit your application, you will be able to monitor the status of your pending requests for references through your online MyStatus page. If you have any additional questions, please email
  5. Transcripts: Upload an official transcript from each senior college that you have attended. Important information about transcripts: Do not mail or email transcripts. Transcripts must have been produced within the last calendar year. See instructions for uploading the pdf of your transcript here.
  6. GRE Scores: Applicants must submit a GRE General Test score that is not more than five years old (the Department does not require the GRE Psychology Subject Test.) UT's School Code is 6882. Reports must be sent directly from The Educational Testing Service (ETS). Your scores take 4–6 weeks to be processed and added to your application. Be mindful of this timeline when choosing your GRE testing date.
  7. TOEFL Scores: International Students must submit the official report of TOEFL scores. Reports must be sent directly from The Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  8. CV: After you submit your application, you will receive an email with your UTEID. You can then upload your CV at MyStatus.

Contact Information for UT Graduate Admissions

The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) is located in Walter Webb Hall, in the northwest corner of campus. View GIAC contact information here.

Find instructions for submitting your application on GIAC's webpage.

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