Thank you for your interest in the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Louisville.  We welcome your application for admission.

Application Deadline

The program accepts new students in the Fall semester only.  Our application deadline is December 1st.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE):GRE scores are expected to be of 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative subtests. The Psychology subtest is not required.

Grade Point Average (GPA):GPA is expected to be at least 3.00. The GPAs of most applicants who are admitted to the Program are considerably higher.

Research Interests:A very good match between the applicant’s and faculty mentor’s research interests is expected.

All applicants will be considered without discrimination on the basis of differences in age, ethnic or racial background, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation or preference, or social background. This program values diversity and has accepted applicants that vary on the above characteristics.

How to Apply

A complete application requires two parts:

I. Submit the following to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (detailed instructions are at

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International students: please see additional requirements at

    II. Submit the following to Ms. Maggie Leahy, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (see address below):

  • Applicant Data Sheet
  • Personal Statement: In 2 or 3 pages, describe your research interests, indicate the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to conduct research, and describe your relevant experiences and your career goals.
  • CV (résumé)

    Please send the materials in Part II to:
    Ms. Maggie Leahy
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292
    Phone: (502) 852-4364

    Questions about the application process? Please contact Ms. Maggie Leahy.