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Admissions FAQs

Admissions FAQs

1. When is the admissions deadline?
December 1 for all areas of study in Psychology.

2. How do I apply to one of the areas of study in Psychology?
Submit an online application through the Graduate Center Portal.

3. Can I apply to more than one area of study in Psychology?
NO. You may only apply to one area of study at a time in a current admissions cycle.

4. Who do I contact if I have specific questions about admissions?
Contact the Program Head or Admissions Chair of each area of study. Click here for a list of contacts.

5. Does the Ph.D. Program in Psychology offer a part-time program?

6. Is the General GRE a requirement?
Yes. The General GRE is required as an element of the application in Psychology, for now. All applicants MUST submit their General GRE score report to complete their applications, along with other admissions requirements.

However, a number of Training Areas within Psychology have decided that they will NOT factor the GRE into graduate admissions decisions making. Those programs include:
- Basic and Applied Social Psychology
- Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Health Psychology & Clinical Science

Please contact the Training Area Head or Admissions Chair for the area of study you are interested in for further details, and for additional area specific application requirements. A list of contacts is available here.

7. Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam?
An applicant must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they have a post-secondary degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English only, and which is located in a country that recognizes English as an Official Language. A list of such countries is available here. Please note that applicants who have only studied in Puerto Rico or India must complete the TOEFL or IELTS.  

The TOEFL test is administered internationally by Educational Testing Service, and you need to request that ETS report examination results directly to College Code 2113.

The IELTS test is administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

8. How much is the application fee and how can I pay it?
The application fee is $75.  After you have completed the online application form, you will be asked to submit the form for review.  A payment page will then appear asking you to select your payment method.  You may pay online with a credit card, or by sending in a check by mail.

9. Can I request to waive the application fee?
The application fee is only waived for United States Armed Services Veterans and McNair Scholars. Please contact for more information on receiving the waiver.

10. Does the Ph.D Program in Psychology offer any doctoral funding or scholarship opportunities?
All applicants to The Graduate Center's doctoral programs are automatically considered for five-year funding packages. The Ph.D. Program in Psychology currently provides each accepted student with one of the following fellowship packages:

• Five-year Tuition Fellowship
• Science Fellowship
• Five-year Graduate Center Fellowship

For more information about these fellowships, please see the Institutional Aid section of The Graduate Center’s website.