Admission to the program is highly competitive. A candidate for
- Possess a baccalaureate degree
- Submit transcripts of undergraduate and all prior graduate
- Have completed a minimum of 24 credits in undergraduate
psychology, including courses in Introductory Psychology,
Statistics and Experimental Psychology or Research Methods
- Submit scores from the GRE General Test and, for non-psychology
majors, the GRE Subject (Psychology) Test. The GRE Subject
(Psychology) Test is optional for candidates who either majored in
psychology or completed a Master’s degree in Psychology
- Submit three to five letters of recommendation, one of which
must be from an individual who addresses the applicant’s research
- Submit two papers from psychology courses or other relevant
work samples — including a laboratory or research paper and a term
- Provide a clear, written statement of professional goals
- By appropriate record of achievement as well as one or more
interviews, satisfy the department that his or her preparation
indicates a high potential for successful advanced study in
psychology Student attrition, due to personal or academic reasons,
has been about 10 percent or less in recent years. The program
encourages applications from minority students and students with
disabilities. St. John’s campus and facilities are accessible to
students with disabilities.
Students currently matriculated for a master’s degree at St.
John’s who are interested in applying to the doctoral program must
follow the procedure for new applicants. Applications for fall
admission are due by January 15.
There is no spring admission. Additional information regarding
application procedures and program requirements is contained in the
Graduate Bulletin online at
the University Web site.
Costs for tuition and fees are listed in the Graduate Bulletin.
Academic and financial advisement is available in the department
and through the Office of Student
Financial Services. The University Counseling Center is available to
provide personal counseling services to all students in the