The Ph.D. Program in General/Experimental Psychology admits students in four broad areas of concentration (known as "clusters" or "subprograms"): Biobehavioral Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Behavioral Pharmacology. The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology places equal emphasis on research and clinical training, and is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. 

Students completing the Clinical/Developmental PhD Psychology Program will meet the requirements for both the Clinical PhD Program and the developmental subprogram of the General/Experimental PhD Program. Students interested in the Clinical/Developmental Psychology PhD Program should apply through the Clinical Psychology PhD Program application and indicate their interest in the Clinical/Developmental PhD Program in their application materials.

With the online application program administered by the Graduate College, you set up an application account complete with a username and password of your choosing. Then you can complete the application over several sessions and check on the status of your supporting documentation at any time. Once the application is complete, it is sent to the Department of Psychological Science for consideration.

The Department of Psychological Science is committed to diversity among the student body in terms of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, native language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status. Prospective applicants who will enhance the diversity of our student body, including those from under-represented racial or ethnic groups and first-generation college students, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for Applying

  • December 1

Please note that the Clinical PhD Training Program will hold on-campus interviews in February. Attendence by invitation only.

Materials to Submit

Online Application: The Application, Statement of Purpose, Resident Status Application, and the Application Fee are all included in the Online Application. Although there is no required length for the Statement of Purpose, most Statements of Purpose are between 1-2 pages in length.

GRE Scores: General scores from the Graduate Record Examination are required, and must have been taken within five years of the date of application. Unofficial GRE scores included by you in your application materials are sufficient for the review process. However, acceptance into the program is contingent on the receipt of official GRE scores. Subject scores (Psychology) are not required but are strongly recommended for students applying without a psychology major. Official score reports are sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office on your request only. It can take up to six weeks from time of order to time of receipt. The Institution Code for the University of Vermont is 3920. Questions about the GRE examination may be directed to the Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; telephone 609-771-7670. 

Curriculum Vitae (CV): It is highly recommended that you submit a curriculum vitae (CV). You can do so through the online application.

Clinical PhD Program Writing Sample: Also refer to the Clinical Training Program's Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data webpage for additional information regarding application to this program.
Note: You must submit a writing sample of a research project or paper on which you were the primary author when applying to the Clinical
PhD Program. Emailed copies will not be accepted.

General/Experimental PhD Program Writing Sample: Although not required, applicants to the General/Experimental PhD Program are encouraged to submit a writing sample of a research project or paper on which you were the primary author.

TOEFL Scores: If your native or first language is not English, you must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Questions about the TOEFL examination may be directed to the TOEFL/TSE Services, Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154; telephone 609-771-7100.

Transcripts: Transcripts must be obtained from each of the post-secondary educational institutions you have attended. UVM students must request the Registrar to send their transcripts to the Graduate College Admissions Office. Unofficial transcripts uploaded by you are sufficient for the review process. However, acceptance into the program is contingent on the receipt of official transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation: Letters of Recommendation from three persons qualified to assess your potential for graduate work are required. Please use the portion of the online application for letters of recommendation, or point them to the printable page. References from college or university placement files are acceptable provided they are forwarded in an unopened envelope. Photocopied references are acceptable with original signatures only. Applicants are encouraged to work with their recommenders to ensure timely submission of letters of recommendation so that these letters are available during the review of applications.

How to Apply

Faculty Accepting Clinical Program Students for Fall 2020

The following faculty members are potentially accepting clinical program graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2020:

The clinical psychology program will have in-person interviews on TBA. The interview day offers the opportunity for applicants to meet with our faculty and students, tour our facilities, and interact with our community. We strongly encourage applicants who are interested in our program to reserve this date should they be invited to interview. Accommodations for alternate dates for those who cannot attend on this date are not guaranteed. Admissions priority will be given to candidates who attend on TBA.

Faculty Accepting General/Experimental Program Students for Fall 2020

The following faculty members are potentially accepting general/experimental program graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2020:

Application fee

The nonrefundable application fee is $65 US. Applications are not processed until the application fee is received.

Statement of Purpose

In your Statement of Purpose (sometimes called Personal Statement), please identify the names of at least one faculty (up to 3) member you wish to do research with. Particular attention is paid to the match between a student's interests and plans and the expertise of our Department. (See the above listing for faculty accepting students.)

Importance of Timely Submission

We do not normally review applications that do not contain all the information required and so it is advisable to submit all your materials on time.

On-Campus Interview

During our application review process you may be invited to visit our campus for in-person interviews in February. The Clinical Ph.D. Program will be holding interviews on February 14, 2020. 

Full-Time Program

There is no formal part-time program, and students who want to attend on a part-time basis will need to justify this in their application. The prerequisites for application and program requirements are the same whether students are attending on a full-time or part-time basis.

International Students

If you are an international student (not a U.S. resident or resident-alien) make sure you visit the Office of International Education for VISA requirements. This VISA process can take many months to complete, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of lead time when applying. Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.


For questions regarding the application process, contact the or by phone at 802-656-2699. For questions regarding requirements of the Psychological Science Department, please email or call 802-656-2670. (Preferred method is via e-mail.)