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Frequently Asked Questions about our graduate programs and application process

Updates on Admissions for Fall 2021

The Department of Psychology is making several important changes to our admissions procedures for the Fall 2021 cycle. These changes apply to all of our Ph.D. programs (clinical, developmental, and social-personality psychology). 

First, we will not require the GREs during the Fall 2021 cycle. Applicants may submit the general and psychology GREs if they choose, but the faculty will be de-emphasizing scores in our admissions process and evaluating applications with a more holistic approach. 

Second, our interview weekend will be held virtually in 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be impossible to conduct our traditional interview weekend without jeopardizing the health and safety of our applicants, graduate students, and faculty. Although we will miss the opportunity to meet our applicants in person, we are already brainstorming ways to virtually showcase our labs, campus, research, and student culture. And, we hope that the reduction in travel burden and associated costs will help our applicants. 

Finally, we are dramatically reducing the application fee, from $60 to $20. Why? The cost of applying to graduate school can run into the thousands, and we are concerned that this creates a barrier that allows only students of financial means to apply (or requires applicants to take on debt). We hope that by alleviating the total cost of grad school applications even a little, we might increase access to academic psychology to underrepresented minorities, first generation college students, and other applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please note that if $20 still a burden for you, you can email us at to ask for a fee waiver, no questions asked.

Applications for Fall 2021 admission are due December 1, 2020.

There is a $20 non-refundable application fee.

To submit an application:

Complete the University of Rochester online application. You will need to upload all of the required documents:

  • Personal statement
  • Official transcript(s)* 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • GRE scores (not required for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle)
  • English Proficiency scores, for international applicants

*Please scan and upload an official or unofficial copy of your transcript(s) to your application. You will be required to provide the University with an official transcript upon acceptance.

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores are not required for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Faculty will be deemphasizing them in the admissions process and evaluating applications with a more holistic approach.
  • Scores less than five years old can be submitted
  • The Advanced Psychology test is optional
  • Results of GREs taken in December may not reach us in time to consider with your application

English Language Proficiency Requirement

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through one of the following:

  • You are a native speaker of English in your home environment;
  • You completed 3 or more years of secondary education at an American or international school where English is the primary language of instruction; or
  • You have fulfilled the English proficiency examination requirement through one of the following: IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE-Academic. In addition, we will accept the Duolingo English Test  for the current application cycle.

GRE and TOEFL Codes

  • Institution: 2928 (or new code: 7267) also applies to TOEFL
  • Clinical: 2001
  • Developmental: 2006
  • Social-Personality: 2015

Clinical Applicants

Applicants looking to join the clinical program should also review the clinical admissions criteria page, and the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data (PDF).

Developmental Applicants

Applicants looking to join the developmental program should also review the developmental admissions page.

Financial Support

Most students who are accepted into our programs are granted a full tuition scholarship and receive a fellowship or assistantship supported by department funds or a research or training grant. The departmental stipend for incoming students during the 2020-2021 academic year is $24,000.

University Sproull Fellowships and Provost Minority Fellowships provide additional awards to graduate students of exceptional academic promise.


If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Additional Notes about Our Application Process

Reviewing of materials (and notifying candidates) will begin in December/January. Faculty of each area will conduct virtual interviews with promising candidates in February. We will notify interviewees of their status before the University's April 15 deadline.

Because of the large number of applicants, interviews are arranged by invitation only. We regret that we cannot honor requests for interviews initiated by applicants.

Applicants who have completed graduate work at other universities are evaluated by the same criteria as other students. Transfer of credit for graduate work with approval can be made up to a state-mandated maximum of 30 hours, but these arrangements cannot be made until after an applicant is offered admission.