Program Requirements

Psychology program application components: 

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement (see FAQs for more info)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GPA (this is self-reported, see Graduate School Admission Requirements below)
  • Unofficial transcript from undergraduate institution
  • Unofficial transcript from graduate institutions (if applicable)
  • Writing Sample (not required; this is optional)
  • GRE scores (not required; more information below)

Our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for the 2021-2022 (current), 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 admission cycles. 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 nor provide their scores on their CV or personal statement.


You can find additional information regarding the application process here:

In addition to psychology program application requirements, all applicants must meet both Graduate School and Departmental requirements.  Please refer the the information below for guidelines.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

  •  Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited college or university. An overall undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75 (3.0 on all graduate work) is required by The Graduate School.
  • The University of Kentucky requires a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose native language is not English
  • Applicants, particularly those outside the U.S., should consult the Graduate School Website for Prospective Students for additional details at:


Departmental Admission Requirements

Unless certain courses are included in the applicant's background he/she may be requested to fulfill these requirements during his/her first year of study. The courses are:

  • One course in psychological statistics
  • One course from the following:
    • General experimentation
    • Sensation-perception
    • Learning
    • Animal behavior
    • Cognition
  • One course from the following:
    • Developmental
    • Personality
    • Abnormal
    • Testing
    • Social Psychology




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