Frequently Asked Questions

Can the application fee be waived?

Yes, in some cases. Currently, the fee for applicants from the U.S. is $65 and the fee for applicants from other countries is $75. These application fees will be waived for applicants who are: 1) U.S. military members, 2) U.S. military veterans, 3) McNair Scholars, 4) Fullbright Scholars, or 5) Donovan Scholars (UK program for people 65 and older).

If you fit into one of these groups, then the application fee will be waived after you submit your application. However, you will not need to pre-pay the application fee. To get the waiver, please contact Tamra Nowitzki in the UK Psychoogy Department at tamra.nowitzki@uky.edu and she can provide you with more information and facilitate the process.

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 Tamra Nowitzki at tamra.nowitzki@uky.edu 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. 

Is your program requiring the GRE this year?

Our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for the 2022-2023 (current), and 2023-2024 admission cycles. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications submitted this fall 2022. Applicants should not submit GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal nor provide their scores on their CV or personal statement.

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

No. Our 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 an online or hyrbid doctoral program. 

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?

No. Students are required to upload unofficial transcript(s) on the Apply Yourself application website. If you are accepted into the program, we will then request that you provide us with official transcripts. 

What materials need to be uploaded to the application?

The application requires that you provide your unofficial transcripts, CV, and personal statement. You may provide a writing sample, but this is 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 the health psychology concentration or neuropsychology concentration in a separate application pool?

Students are admitted to a specific program area: 1) clinical, 2) cognitive neuroscience, or 3) developmental, social, health. Once admitted, students may choose a concentration. (Only clinical students are allowed to do the neuropsychology concentration while any student may do the health psychology 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.

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.