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 at least
 151 Verbal and 152 Quantitative.

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.

Financial Support

Typically, graduate students in the department are supported for 4 years of study.  Sources of funding include university fellowships and graduate assistantships.

Graduate Assistantships:

Most graduate students are awarded graduate assistantships. These include a stipend of approximately $1833/mo* plus full tuition remission and health insurance benefits for the academic year (12 months) in return for a 20-hour per week commitment, typically as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

University Fellowships:

A limited number of University Fellowships is awarded each year to outstanding students. These fellowships provide a stipend of $1833/mo* plus full tuition remission and health insurance benefits for the academic year (12 months). A University Fellowship is a one-year award, renewable for one additional year. After this time, students typically assume graduate assistantships.

*The dollar amounts shown are for 2014-2015 and represent minimum amounts for 2015-2016.


A complete application requires two parts:

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

  1. Application form
  2. Application fee
  3. Transcripts
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. International students: please see additional requirements at

II. Download the Departmental Application Supplement Packet here. Submit the following to Ms. Maggie Leahy, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (see address below):

  1. Data Sheet Checklist
  2. 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 described your relevant experiences and your career goals.
  3. 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.