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Prospective Students

Fall 2023 Application Deadline EXTENDED to December 12th, 2022


** We will hold interviews the week of January 23rd. The interview format for the Clinical Psychology Program AND the Developmental, Social and Health Psychology Program will be virtual/remote. The approach for Cognitive Neuroscience Program is TBD **

**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.

All documents must be uploaded to the online application.  If you have any difficulty uploading the required documents or completing the application, please first contact or call either 859-257-9390 or 859-257-4905.  If you continue to have issues with your online application or have other questions regarding graduate program applications, you may contact Tamra Nowitzki (, 859- 257-9640) to ensure that your application will receive full consideration.

Admission to the doctoral programs in psychology at the University of Kentucky is very competitive. We average about 2,000 total inquiries concerning admission to our programs each year and receive about 400 completed applications for consideration.

The Department of Psychology adheres to University policy and public law prohibiting unfair discrimination on the basis of age, ethnic classification, handicap, race, sex, or veteran status in the provision of educational or employment opportunities and benefits. The Department of Psychology and all of its Graduate Programs are committed to facilitating the recruitment and retention of members of groups historically deprived of equal educational and professional opportunity. The Department of Psychology sincerely values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and are taking active steps to demonstrate that in instructional, research, and service efforts. There is a dedicated DEI Committee, which is currently led by Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala and includes graduate students, post docs, and faculty from the department. 


You can find a list of offered psychology graduate programs here.

If you choose to apply for a Clinical graduate degree as well as another graduate degree (i.e., Cognitive Neuroscience or Developmental, Social, and Health programs), it is necessary that you apply for both the Clinical and the Experimental degree programs through the Graduate School.  This will require two separate fees as well.  Only one fee is required, however, if you apply to more than one area within the Experimental degree program. 

If you choose to apply to more than one area within the Experimental degree program (i.e., Cognitive Neuroscience AND Developmental, Social, and Health), you must include this information on your online application by checking all appropriate areas (i.e., cognitive neuroscience, and developmental, social, health, etc.).

The application procedure is a time-consuming process and should be initiated as early as possible. Before any application will be reviewed, the required fee and all materials must be received.