Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an appointment to speak with someone/visit the department?

Potential applicants interested in our program are encouraged to visit our website for information. If you have additional questions, please contact Meagan Coomes at or (859)-257-9640. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to meet with current or future applicants until interview dates, which are held in late January each year. Applicants chosen for interviews will be notified soon after the application deadline. If invited to interview, please make arrangements to attend. 

You may also wish to contact faculty members who share research interests in order to inquire if they are accepting new graduate students, but again, most are unable to schedule personal meetings due to time constraints. 

Is your program still requiring the GRE this year?

Our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for the Fall 2022 admission cycle. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications submitted this fall 2021. Applicants should not submit GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements.

Can I complete the program part-time or from a distance? 

No. Our doctoral program is a full-time program and students are expected to be on campus throughout the week to attend classes, participate in research activities, clinical work, meetings, etc. We do not offer doctoral-level courses online or on weekends. 

Do you have late admissions?

No. Our admissions committee works very quickly after the submission deadline to review applications. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

Can I apply to your program if I just want a Master's degree? 

No. Our program is structured as a PhD program, and is not geared towards Masters-only students. 

Do I need to send in official transcripts and GRE reports?

No. Students are required to upload unofficial transcript(s) on the Apply Yourself application website. You will also self-report your GRE scores on the application. If you are accepted into the program, we will then request that you provide us with official transcripts and GRE reports sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). 

What materials need to be uploaded to the application?

The application asks that you download unofficial transcripts, CV, personal statement, and a writing sample (optional). See the full list here. Do not attach documents for assistantship/funding or portfolio - these are not required nor necessary for our program. 

If I am applying to multiple areas do I need to have separate letters of recommendation for each?

After providing the name and information for recommenders, as indicated on the application, the graduate school will generate an email and send them all the information they need to provide their recommendations. 

Are students who choose a health or neuropsychology concentration in a separate application pool?

Students are admitted to the program areas (clinical, cognitive neuroscience, or developmental, social, health) and then may choose a concentration. Students do not need to have a concentration. They can choose a concentration if they have an interest in that area, but it is not required.

Is the health concentration limited to students pursuing a clinical psychology degree? For example, could a student apply for the cognitive neuroscience program with a health concentration?

Students in any area may pursue the health concentration.

I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Is it possible to obtain credit for past coursework or have the thesis requirement waived?

Course credit is not given for courses taken at other institutions prior to admission to the Ph.D. program.  However, a student may petition for a course waivers for previous coursework if they can demonstrate that they have obtained the background and knowledge in the area of study that the course in question covers, usually through a simliar or more advanced course. Students may also submit thesis coursework for consideration for waivers. The thesis must be approved by faculty, and syllabi from previous coursework will be reviewed by the Director of Clinical Training and the instructor of the corresponding course.

I am interested in seeking assistantship aid. Do I need to upload any documentation confirming this?

Our program fully funds all of the graduate students it accepts. We do not have any required documents.

What is required of the personal statement? Is there an exact length requirement?

The psychology program does not require a specific length to their personal statements. As a general rule, they run about two or three pages in length. Write whatever it is you need in order to present who you are and what you would like to gain from the program, and to let others understand you better.

I am having trouble locating or accessing the personal statement portion of the application.

The personal statement upload can be found on the supplemental uploads page. If you continue having issues, it may be caused by an incompatible browser. Use Firefox.

Who is the Director of  Graduate Studies?

Our current DGS is Dr. Mark Fillmore.

I am planning to apply, but have GRE scores that are lower in average. Should I still apply or will my application automatically be thrown out?

Your application is not automatically thrown out if you are not in the average range of GRE scores. However, our program is very competitive and weaker scores make admittance more challenging.

Is every applicant required to submit GRE scores?

Yes. Every applicant to our PhD program must take the GRE.

Can I apply if I won't have my GRE scores before the application deadline? 

You should not apply to the program if you are scheduled to take the GRE after the application deadline, or if you have already taken the GRE but will not receive your scores before the deadline. Please plan to take the GRE well in advance of the program deadline of December 1st so that you may report your scores on your application. 

Is it required to take the subject GRE?

No, we do not require the subject GRE.

What is the institution code for the GRE and TOEFL exam?

The GRE institution code for the GRE is R1837.  The TOEFL institution code is 1837. 

Please do not send official copies of exams and transcripts until you have been selected for admission to our program. Self-reported scores and unofficial transcripts are encouraged for the application process. 



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