Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Psychology at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
1. Apply Online / Application Deadlines
Applications for graduate study in Psychology at the University of Denver must be submitted online. All online materials must be submitted, and all supplemental materials must be postmarked, by the program's stated deadline: December 1.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's, and if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Applicants must also account for any study undertaken outside the United States. If study abroad course work with grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those records must be obtained as well. All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.
3. Test Scores
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status.
The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the Psychology program at DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted is 6.0. All non-native English speakers regardless of educational background must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the iBT speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please visit the International Applicants web page for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
A resume is required and should include publications, professional presentations, awards and scholarships, professional experience (both research and clinical), and membership in professional organizations. The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
5. Biographical Statement
A 2–3 page biographical statement specifying the applicant's research interests, research background, and proposed faculty mentor(s) is required. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
6. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation are required and should emphasize research potential or promise. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated deadline.
7. Financial Support
The department provides full tuition waivers for the 120 hours required for the Ph.D. and stipend support for at least four years. Additional support may be available during the summer months for teaching or research assistantships. In addition to tuition and stipend support, the department makes available, on a competitive basis, funds for both research and travel to professional meetings. To be considered for federal financial aid, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline, February 15. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
8. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at webCentral.
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:
University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete at least eight weeks prior to the program's application deadline. For details about the department programs, please visit the Department of Psychology website.
For specific details on general degree requirements, please visit www.du.edu/psychology.