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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

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Graduate Admission

Students enter the department with the expectation of earning the Ph.D. The department does not admit students seeking the terminal master’s degree.

Students may write to the department for application materials or download program information and application materials from the department's website. Applicants must have earned either the bachelor’s degree or the master’s degree. Although most applicants have majored in psychology as undergraduates, this is not required. It is necessary, however, to have earned 15 credit hours in psychology, including a first course in statistics and a course in experimental psychology or psychological research methods. Admission is competitive. The Graduate Record Examination is required. The GRE subject test is preferred but not required. Prior research and relevant work experience, honors, awards, and other achievements are taken into account. The deadline for completed applications is December 1 for the following fall semester.

Submit your graduate application online. Send all other requested application materials to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Psychology
Graduate Officer
Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540

Dual-title Ph.D. Program in Psychology and Gerontology

KU is implementing a dual-title Ph.D. option in Psychology and Gerontology. The dual-title degree will enable students at KU to meet the challenge of undertaking graduate education in the emerging, interdisciplinary field of gerontology that is combined with training in established, traditional disciplines. Interested students apply and are admitted to the psychology Ph.D. program. After completing an M.A. in psychology, they may apply to undertake the dual-title option. The student’s diploma will carry the name of both fields.

This option is designed to appeal to students who are strong in a traditional discipline but also motivated to study across disciplinary lines. In the course of study, students can avail themselves of disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth. More information about this new option will be available during spring 2012.


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