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Prospective Graduate Students

Boston University offers several graduate tracks in Psychology, culminating in either a master’s or doctoral degree. The University is proud to host a diverse and talented research faculty with expertise in a wide variety of psychological research areas.


  • The deadline for consideration in all Psychology PhD programs is December 1.  Applications as well as all credentials and supplementary materials must be submitted and received by this deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The deadline for the Master’s Degree Program is May 15. Application reviews will begin March 1.

How to Apply

Basic steps to ensure a completed application to the Graduate Program are outlined below. Please be sure you have read the relevant section of the Graduate Bulletin as well.

  1. All graduate applications must be submitted online. Please see the Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website for application information.
  2. Take the GRE in time for results to be sent to Boston University by our application deadline of December 1 for PhD applicants or May 15 for MA applicants.  The advanced subject test in psychology is recommended but not required.
  3. Proof of English proficiency is required of all international applicants by submitting official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in GRS: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.  Studying in the medium of English in a country other than the ones previously listed or studying as an exchange student in an English-speaking country without completing a degree program is not sufficient to waive the English proficiency requirement. For minimum TOEFL and IELTS requirements please refer to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences policy.
  4. Obtain three or more letters of recommendation, two of which must be from academic sources.
  5. Write a comprehensive Personal Statement detailing relevant experiences, personal interests, and career goals.  Indicate in your personal statement the members of the faculty with whom you would like to work.
  6. Upload all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. A psychology major is neither weighted preferentially nor required, as long as the applicant has a solid background in psychology.
  7. All materials must be submitted electronically (e.g., letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Please do not send any documents to the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences directly.

Financial Support

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences attempts to provide financial assistance for all doctoral candidates during their period of full-time study. Types of assistance available to doctoral candidates typically include Teaching Fellowships and/or Research Assistantships. Financial support usually covers tuition remission and a living stipend.  Financial Assistance for students in the MA Program is not available within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.  For more information regarding financial support, please consult the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Financial Aid site.