Graduate Studies

The main aim 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 for teaching. The department offers Ph.D. programs in seven areas of psychology: Clinical, Cognitive, Community, Developmental, Quantitative, Social and Systems & Behavioral Neuroscience. 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. It is recommeded that potential applicants should refer to Research Area pages for list of faculty who are slated to accept students in their labs that year. 

Note that the students are not admitted towards 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 [email protected].

Prospective graduate students should visit the Areas of Specialization pages for a list of faculty who plan to take on mentoring of new graduate students for the academic year.


Please Note:

The University of Virginia Psychology PhD program does not require the general GRE or the subject GRE. We will not be collecting any information related to GRE exam scores on the application. Please do not submit GRE scores to UVA for our program.


Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Information for Current Graduate Students

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