Application Instructions

Application Deadline: December 1st

Applications are due by December 1st. 

The application deadline is for admission to the program starting in the fall of the subsequent school year. Matriculation date is typically July 1st.

Please be aware that your application will not be sent to the Program Review Committee until the application is complete. Thus, it is imperative that you be sure that all materials (see below) are received by the closing date (December 1).

Application Instructions

Please carefully follow the application procedures listed below. There are two parts to the application:

  1. School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
  2. Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 

Part I. School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

The following materials must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at:  For answers to commonly asked questions by applicants, please review their Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee
  3. Transcript(s): Transcripts of your college records from all of the schools you have attended must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.*
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The GRE is required for an application to the Ph.D. program to be reviewed. The Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program requires only the general sections of the GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing). Scores should be directly reported to the university using the University of Louisville institution code of 1838. Those for whom English is not their native language must also submit TOEFL scores.*
  5. Three Recommendation Letters: Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required and must be submitted online to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

* There are additional requirements for international students. These requirements are listed at:

Part II. Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

The following additional materials are required for the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program application and must be submitted at

  1. Applicant Data Form: On this form, applicants will indicate up 3 possible research mentors (ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd). They will also indicate if they would like to be considered for a minority fellowship.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Personal Statement: In 2-3 pages, describe your background, unique experiences, research interests, and career goals. Please also indicate the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to conduct research and request as a research mentor. 

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