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Graduate Admissions

The Department of Psychology admits graduate students to one of four programs in three areas: Clinical Psychology (PhD only), Counseling Psychology (PhD only) and Experimental Psychology (both MA and PhD). The Experimental Program has several concentrations, including Biological, Developmental and Social. The Department does not admit students to do Master's work in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Although not required, students with the MA or MS degree are encouraged to apply to the doctoral programs. The Clinical and Counseling Programs are recommended for students interested in either academic research or applied careers in professional psychology. The Experimental Program is recommended for students interested in academic and/or research careers in experimental psychology.

The Master's Program in Experimental Psychology is recommended for students interested in a terminal Master's degree (e.g., those interested in developing their skills prior to applying to a doctoral program).

Admissions Information

The application deadline for our Clinical, Counseling and Experimental Ph.D. programs is December 1.  For our terminal Experimental Master's Program, the application deadline is February 1 for international applicants and March 15 for US citizens. Applications for graduate programs are completed online at http://graduateadmissions.utk.edu/.  Paper application materials are not to be submitted to the Department.  At the graduate admissions website, applicants will complete both the Graduate School application and the Department of Psychology application.  Applicants will upload information including unofficial transcripts, essay responses, and current resume. Applicants with a Master's degree must supply records of both undergraduate and graduate course work.  Results of the Graduate Record Exam are required of all applicants.

In addition, applicants will be required to list names and email addresses for up to three referees.  Applicants will also list one to three of our faculty with whom they would want to work in the program to which application is being made. This is an extremely important component of the application, so applicants should carefully consider the core faculty in the chosen program. Since faculty do not review applications outside their own program, it is very important to list only faculty in the applicant's chosen program. 

We have four program choices available to new applicants:  Clinical Psychology Ph.D., Counseling Psychology Ph.D., Experimental Psychology Ph.D., and a terminal Master's (MA, Experimental Psychology). Our Experimental Program consists of three main areas:  Biological, Developmental and Social.  We have a smaller area in Applied with two main faculty involved in this area (Lounsbury and Sundstrom). 

Application review begins after the deadline, and notification of acceptance is usually made no later than April 1. Applications cannot be processed until all information and records requested by the Graduate School have been received. In accordance with accepted recruitment practices, commitments regarding financial support in effect as of April 15 are considered binding on both the Department and the applicant.

For applicants with the bachelor's degree, the Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4 point scale. The Department expects an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and students accepted for graduate study typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Applicants should refer to Graduate Admissions at http://graduateadmissions.utk.edu/ for additional Graduate School requirements.

All students admitted into the doctoral programs normally receive financial assistance. At the present time, financial assistance is ordinarily not available for students in the Master's program. In addition to departmental funding, there are other sources of funding for students, including the Graduate School and research grants of individual faculty members. There are also a variety of loan programs. Additional information about loans is available through the Graduate School as part of the formal application process. This information is available from the Graduate School link below.

For questions concerning our application process, please contact Ms. Connie Ogle at cjogle@utk.edu or 865-974-3328.


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