Application Instructions

Deadline: Dec. 1st

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

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):  **IMPORTANT NOTICE** Due to COVID-19, our program has made the GRE General Test optional for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. 
      • Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration.
      • If you choose to submit your GRE General Test scores, please submit them through ETS (the University of Louisville institution code of 1838).
      • If you have submitted your GRE scores but wish to have them removed from your application before your materials are reviewed, you may have your scores removed by emailing
      • PLEASE NOTE: Drs. Cara Cashon, Daniel DeCaro, Marci DeCaro, and Keith Lyle will not review the GRE scores of anyone applying to their labs.
    5. Three Recommendation Letters:
      Three letters of recommendation from professors who know you from an academic setting 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 be asked to indicate your preferences for up to 3 possible research mentors (ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd). 
    2. Awards for Students from Underrepresented Groups: 
      Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate if they would like to be considered for awards/scholarships at UofL for students from historically underrepresented groups. Depending on the award, historically underrepresented groups may include US citizens and permanent residents who are first-generation college students, students from low economic backgrounds (e.g., those eligible for Pell grants in the past), and students who are Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander.
    3. Curriculum Vitae (CV):
      A current CV will need to be uploaded. You may include the following sections depending on your strengths and interests: honors and awards (from post-secondary school); research interests; research experience; publications; presentations; professional activities (committee memberships, intern experiences, relevant volunteer work); skills (second language, computer proficiencies, programming skills); and references (you may include these or indicate they are available on request). Tips on writing a CV can be found here:
    4. Personal Statement:
      The personal statement (also known as statement of purpose) is expected to be 2-3 pages and should describe the applicant's background, research experience and interests (please indicate the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to conduct research and request as a research mentor), and career goals. The University of Louisville celebrates diversity in thought, perspective, and life experience. Applicants may choose to address how they would contribute to the diversity of the program and/or field. Additionally,
       they may choose to discuss other skills, experiences, and characteristics that the applicant believes would make their application stronger (see selection criteria discussed here).

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