Application Procedures

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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University!  Applications for the Ph.D. in Psychology program are due January 15.  Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis as space and funding allow.

GRE scores will be optional for the upcoming application cycle.  Prospective students who submit applications to the Ph.D. in Psychology program between August 17, 2023 and May 15, 2024 need not submit GRE scores to be given full consideration for admission.

Preparation of Application Materials

Before applying to the Ph.D. program, please review the list of faculty and their research interests.  Our graduate training is particularly focused on mentored development, and therefore a good match between students and faculty advisors is essential for success in our program.  On the application form you will be asked which faculty member(s) you would like to serve as your primary advisor, and in your personal statement you should describe how your research interests fit with the research program of your prospective advisor(s) and why you would like to work with them.  You are welcome to contact faculty members in advance of preparing your application to ask if they are accepting new graduate students for the upcoming fall.  

Required materials include:

  • Statement of Purpose which describes your experience, research interests, career goals, and fit with prospective faculty advisor(s)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from any college or university previously or currently attended
  • General GRE scores – NDSU institution code: 6474 (see COVID-19 note above)

All graduate applicants must demonstrate proficiency with the English language.  This requirement may be met by applicants who have

  • been raised in a recognized country where English is the only official language
  • earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized institution in a country in which English is the only official language
  • achieved a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 or higher or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or higher

Submitting an Application

Applications are submitted online through the North Dakota State University Graduate School.

Application fees are waived for McNair Scholars and Native American applicants.  Contact to ask for an application fee waiver.

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