Graduate Studies

The purpose of the graduate programs in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia is to prepare the student for research, both basic and applied, and teaching. The department offers Ph.D. programs in seven areas of psychology: clinical, cognitive, community, developmental, quantitative, sensory and systems neuroscience, and social. Various combinations of these specialties are possible, depending on students' interests and professional goals. Students should apply, however, to one of these seven areas of specialization. Note that the department does not offer a terminal master's degree; we expect that all graduate students will work toward the Ph.D.

If you have specific questions about the graduate program which are not addressed in the information provided, please contact Ms. Debbie Snow, the Psychology Department Admission Secretary, at

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Information provided by the Psychology Department

Areas of Specialization

Application Form and Admission Process

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Graduate FAQ

Diversity in Psychology

Information provided by other University Offices

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Information for Current Graduate Students

Information provided by the Psychology Department

Using the Department Subject Pool

Information provided by other University Offices

Human Subjects Training

Other Helpful Links

U.Va. Graduate Students Main Page
U.Va. Graduate Student Resource Guide

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at