Graduate Admissions

Dear Prospective Graduate Applicant,

I am pleased that you are considering graduate study in psychology at Georgia State University. Psychology is a fascinating field, and there are a number of enriching professional opportunities and careers available to a well-trained psychologist.

Please peruse our website to learn about the training available in the following five doctoral programs: Clinical, Cognitive Sciences, Community, Developmental, and Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (NBN). You can also apply for dual-enrollment in Clinical and Community or Clinical and NBN. Each of our programs provides training for the doctoral degree; we do not offer a terminal Master’s program.

Each year we receive roughly 600 applications to our graduate programs, and we admit approximately 20 students in total across the five programs. Each application is carefully evaluated in order to find those applicants who have qualifications and interests that are most closely aligned with our training opportunities. Note that although you will apply to only one program, your research mentor (e.g., thesis and dissertation advisor) might be affiliated with any of our 5 programs. Recently, students who have been accepted have total verbal and quantitative scores that range from 1100 to 1400 on the GRE, cumulative grade-point averages that range from 3.00 to 4.00, and relevant experiences and interests that match those of our faculty. See the section labeled “Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data” on our website for specific details about recent incoming students.

I encourage you to begin the application process early as there are a number of required steps. Applications are completed online on the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions website. Your completed application will be reviewed by the appropriate Psychology program area faculty. Depending on program, a select group of applicants will be invited to interview by phone or during specified interview days. Following the interviews, faculty will identify those applicants who are best suited to join our programs, and the official offers will come from the College of Arts and Sciences. We typically admit only those students that we can fund (e.g., tuition waiver and annual stipend of at least $15,000/year for pre-masters students and 18,000/year for post-masters students) during their training.

Please explore our website to learn more about the GSU Department of Psychology. I am glad that you are interested in our department, and I wish you the best of luck in your career in psychology.



Lindsey L. Cohen, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies