New Admissions Information:
- The online application will be open and available in mid-September
- Scanned transcripts must accompany online applications this year (2 official copies must additionally be sent to the Psychology Department)
- All letters of recommendation must be submitted online
General Information: The Department of Psychology does not have specific course requirements for admission to its doctoral program. We review the entire folder of applicants to assess their promise for teaching and research careers. Courses taken, Grade Point Average, Graduate Record Exam scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical), letters of recommendation* and statement of purpose are all considered. Stanford places considerable emphasis on research training. Therefore, students who are admitted have often been involved in independent research as undergraduates.
* Please note that we only accept letters of recommendation that are submitted through the online graduate admissions application system.
GRE Requirements Graduate Record Exam scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) are required. The GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended but not required.
Statement of Purpose
At the top of your Statement of Purpose, include a list of three (3) Psychology Department faculty members, in order of preference, with whom you would like to work.
Number of Applicants Admitted per Year
The department currently accepts about 10-15 new graduate students each year. Minority students are particularly encouraged to apply, and all applicants are given careful consideration. Typically, 2-4 students are admitted in each of the major sub-areas of the department:Cognitive, Developmental, Neuroscience, Affective Science, and Social.
We accept students with undergraduate or Masters Degrees. An undergraduate degree in Psychology is not required. Applicants from other backgrounds are admitted. All applicants should have the knowledge equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Psychology, as they will be expected to go straight into graduate level coursework. Applications are accepted for Autumn Quarter entry only.
The deadline for submitting an application for 2012-13 is 11:59pm Eastern Standard time (8:59pm PST) Tuesday, November 22, 2011. All applicants are notified of admission decisions in March or April 2012.
PLEASE NOTE, THE GRE EXAM MUST BE TAKEN BY THE NOVEMBER 22ND DEADLINE. THE SCORES DO NOT HAVE TO BE RECEIVED BY STANFORD BY NOVEMBER 22ND, BUT THE EXAM MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN.
Official Transcripts can be mailed to:
Department of Psychology
Jordon Hall, Building 420
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2130