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Graduate Program

How to Apply

The application for Fall 2021 is now closed. The application for Fall 2022 will open in August of 2021 and will be due December 1, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions about our graduate programs and application process

Updates on Admissions for Fall 2022

We would like to share information about our 2021-2022 admissions procedures to help potential applicants plan ahead. These procedures apply to all our Ph.D. programs (clinical, developmental, and social-personality psychology). 

We will not require the GREs. Applicants may submit GREs if they choose, but the faculty will be de-emphasizing scores in our admissions process and evaluating applications with a holistic approach. 

We will continue to keep our application fee at $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 our Academic Coordinator at to ask for a fee waiver, no questions asked.

Applications for Fall 2022 admission are due December 1, 2021.

There is a $20 non-refundable application fee.

To submit an application:

Complete the University of Rochester online application. The application link will be posted here when the application opens in August. 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 2022 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 2022 admissions cycle. Faculty will be de-emphasizing them in the admissions process and evaluating applications with a holistic approach.
  • Scores less than five years old can be submitted.
  • 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 2021-2022 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 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.