Application Instructions

How to Apply: Parts I and II

To apply to the Experimental Psychology PhD program, applicants must complete Part I and Part II

Part I. Graduate School
Part II. Experimental Psychology Program

Deadline: December 1st

Part I. Graduate School

To complete Part I, applicants should review the Graduate School application instructions and then complete the online application form. Below are some of the requirements for that application.

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee: $65: McNair Scholars can obtain an application fee waiver by submitting a completed McNair Scholars Fee Waiver form when applying. Application fee waivers are also granted to those receiving government public assistance through programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Care (AFDC), Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). Please contact (502) 852-6495 regarding your eligibility.
  3. Transcript(s): Official transcripts from all colleges you have attended must be sent directly from the colleges to the Graduate Admissions office.
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Only the general section of the GRE is required for the Experimental Psychology program. Scores should be directly reported to the university using the University of Louisville institution code of 1838. 
  5. Three Recommendation Letters: Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required by the Experimental Psychology program. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the electronic letter of recommendation option available through the online application form
  6. *TOEFL/English Proficiency: Those for whom English is not their native language must also submit official TOEFL scores. For more information about the English Proficiency/TOEFL requirements, click here.
  7. *International Students: Additional instructions for international students can be found here.

Part II. Experimental Psychology Program

After completing the graduate school online application in Part I, applications need to complete the Experimental Psychology program application. As a friendly reminder, both Part I and Part II need to be completed by the December 1st deadline.

The following additional materials will be needed to complete the Experimental Psychology program application:

  1. Mentor Rankings: In our program, students work one-on-one with a research mentor. On the application, you will indicate your preferences for up to 3 possible research mentors (ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd). 
  2. Minority Fellowship: Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate if they would like to be considered for a UofL minority scholarship.
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae: A current CV will need to be uploaded.
  4. Personal Statement: A personal statement will need to be uploaded. The statement of purpose is expected to be 2-3 pages and should describe the applicant's background, research experience and interests, and career goals. If you have any unique experiences or have overcome adversity in your life, you may choose to include this as well. Please also indicate the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to conduct research and request as a research mentor. 

Offers of Acceptance

Typically, students will receive offers of admission before April 1. Assistantships and fellowships are also normally offered before April 1. Applicants are under no obligation to respond to offers of admission or financial support prior to the decision date of April 15. Additional admissions and financial offers may be made after the April 15th decision date if one or more slots become available.


If you have any questions about the application process, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Should you have any further questions, please contact:
Maggie Leahy
Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of Louisville