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Application Process

The deadline for Fall 2021 Admissions is December 1, 2020.

Admissions for Psychology is limited to the Fall semester only. Applications and payments must be received by 11:59 EST on the deadline date. The Psychology Department only admits applicants whose objective is the Ph.D., although students may be awarded the M.A. en route to a Ph.D.

Faculty members actively recruit graduate students. Potential applicants should find out which faculty are accepting a student for Fall admission and contact any faculty member to discuss training in Developmental Psychology at UNC.

Applications for admissions to the Psychology Graduate Programs must be submitted through UNC Graduate School’s website. All application materials must be uploaded through this online application system; we do not accept materials via email or mail.

Required application materials for all applicants include:

  • Graduate School Online Application
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Transcripts
    • Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the online application; official transcripts will be required upon an offer of admission.
  • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation
  • Standardized Test Scores
    • GRE general score received within the past 5 years
    • The Psychology GRE Subject Test is not required for admissions, but may be included.
    • No department code is necessary, but please include the UNC Graduate School Institution Code: #5816.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • 400-700 words composed of your career goals, research experiences and other psychology-related experiences, research interests to pursue within graduate school, and any other additional strengths that will make you an excellent candidate for our graduate program.
  • Resume
  • Area of Interest (i.e. Developmental Psychology)
    • An occasional applicant has interests that lie at the intersection of two of our graduate programs. In this situation, we may consider the applicant for “dual-program” status, with membership (and requirements) in both programs. If you are interested in this option, select two programs and explain your overlapping interests in your statement of purpose, identifying at least one faculty member you would like to work with in each of the two programs.
  • Optional:¬†Faculty Interest
    • Applicants may list up to five faculty members with whom they would like to work.

International applicants will also need to provide:

  • TOEFL or IELT Score
    • Score received within the past 2 years
    • No department code is necessary, but please include the UNC Graduate School Institution Code: #5816.
  • Financial Certification (US Immigration Requirement for entry into the U.S.)

Questions regarding any application materials or the online application form should be directed to the UNC Graduate School at

For More Information

General Questions – Graduate School Admissions Process or Applications
UNC Graduate School
(919) 966-2611

Student Services Manager
Kaitlin Blakemore
(919) 843-0174

Developmental Psychology Program Coordinator
James Foster
(919) 962-4155

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Keith Payne

Campus Tours
UNC Visitor’s Center
(919) 962-1630