Prospective Students: Ph.D.

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Graduate studies in Psychology at the University of Washington are designed for students interested in a science and research-oriented program. Please read all information carefully before applying to determine whether our program is the right program for you, including a list of frequently asked questions. There is also a frequently asked questions for clinical admissions. You may also find some of the information for current graduate students helpful as you make your decision.

June 28, 2023: We do not require GRE scores for admissions. We will be updating our materials and processes for 2024 with intent to publish in early September 2023. Please check back here then!

August 29, 2023: Our Animal Behavior and Behavioral Neuroscience areas have combined into the Neural Systems and Behavior area. Please be aware, we will no longer admit to Animal Behavior or Behavioral Neuroscience and only admit to Neural Systems and Behavior.

September 15, 2023: Online application for admission consideration for Autumn 2024 opens.

September 19, 2023: Diversity Stering Committee’s virtual recruitment event from 3-5pm. Return here, for the link:

October 17, 2023: Thinking of Graduate School in Human Neuroscience?

UW is holding a mini Zoom conference for senior undergraduates considering a research career. Details can be found here. There is free registration here (registration deadline 10th Oct).

February 15, 2024: Date for in-person interviews. If you are contacted to attend, we hope you will be able to make it. Applicants will be notified by early February if they will be invited to the the Visit Day.

End of February/Early March, 2024: Initial offers and denials will be sent

Materials for the 2024 Admissions cycle:

  1. Admissions Application Newsletter: This is a guide to our application process, a required download. It explains each component of our application.
  2. UW Graduate School Application: All applicants to a UW graduate program must complete this online application and submit the application fee. You will be required to upload all of your application into this online process. Available: September 15, 2023 - Deadline: December 1, 2023. Be sure to select Autumn 2024 in the new application system.
  3. Application Checklist: The checklist is for both U.S. and International Applicants.
  4. Admissions Statistics Brochure: This brochure contains GPA statistics for our past 3 incoming cohorts, along with diversity recruiting information.

Please write us if you experience any problems with these files. Thank you and Good luck.