Prospective Students

Fall 2021 Application Deadline: Dec. 1st, 2020


Due to limited access to testing sites and limited access to take the GRE during the COVID-19 pandemic, our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications submitted this fall 2020. Applicants should not submit GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements.


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 Meagan Coomes (, 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 the Graduate Training Programs are committed to facilitating the recruitment and training of members of groups historically deprived of equal educational and professional opportunity. The Department values diversity highly. We are the first department nationwide to be institutional members of the Society for Black Brain and Behavioral Psychologists.


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.

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