Applying to the Graduate Program

Application Materials

Admission to our program is based on a holistic review of the applicant's stated research interests, personal statement, undergraduate record, research experience, and letters of recommendation. A background in psychology, including some training in research methods and statistics, is highly desirable. As part of your application, you have the option to submit a writing sample and/or additional materials for consideration. The GRE General and Subject tests are also optional; neither is required for admission. 

Application materials for the PhD in Psychology and the PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science should be submitted online by December 1st of each year to receive full consideration by the Department of Psychology.

Inquiries about our graduate program in Psychology should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies, Heather Urry, PhD.  

Planning My Application

We recommend that prospective students review the pages linked below when preparing their application for graduate study at Tufts.

Contacting a Prospective PhD Advisor

Graduate students in our program are essentially accepted into the lab of a specific faculty member. Prospective faculty advisors are looking for students who have the knowledge, skills, and interests to succeed in their labs. This page will help you figure out how to contact prospective faculty advisors.

Contacting a Prospective PhD Advisor

Writing a Research Statement

The research statement, otherwise known as a personal statement, is an important part of your application. This page will help you figure out what a research statement is and how to write yours.

Learn about writing a Research Statement

Psychology PhD Student Handbook

This handbook provides a detailed description of the requirements for advancement in the PhD program in the Department of Psychology.

Download the Psychology PhD Student Handbook

Graduate Admissions

Please visit our admissions website for comprehensive information on our admissions processes and requirements, deadlines, financial and merit aid options, forms and instructions.

 Graduate Admissions Tuition and Aid Request Information