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The admission process for the Experimental Psychology Program must be completed through the UND School of Graduate Studies.
Students are admitted to the experimental psychology program with the expectation that they plan to obtain the Ph.D. degree. Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic Writing) and direct ETS to forward their scores to the UND School of Graduate Studies prior to the application deadline (January 1). Three letters of recommendation are also required prior to admission.
Doctoral training programs must often plan several years ahead to assure that funding and optimal class sizes are in place. The admission of significant numbers of advanced students can complicate long-term planning. Thus, applicants who have earned, or will earn, a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, social work, sociology, any related behavioral science field will be assigned to a separate pool for consideration of admission (i.e., the MAE pool; see below for requirements). The psychology department faculty makes a judgment each year regarding the maximum number of students we are able to accept from the experimental applicants possessing graduate degrees in psychology and related-disciplines.
Applicants applying to our experimental graduate program may also apply to our clinical psychology program.
- The following minimum requirements for a reviewable application must be received by January 1:
- Application completed through the UND School of Graduate Studies
- Transcripts from all academic institutions attended
- A curriculum vita
- A personal statement regarding career objectives, rationale for selecting UND, and faculty with whom you share research interests;
- Payment of the application fee
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above; or a graduate GPA greater than 3.75 for applicants in the MAE pool
- Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing GRE scores equal to or exceeding the 30th percentile
Sending Application Materials
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation sent well ahead of our January 1 deadline. Delays are not uncommon; it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive by the January 1 deadline. Applicants are further encouraged to check the status of their application through the online graduate school system frequently to confirm the receipt of their application materials.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate applicant's most recent GRE scores. GRE scores in excess of five years old will be rated, but applicants who are ultimately in a position to receive an offer of admission must first retake the exam and successfully meet the department's minimum requirements with the updated scores. Applicants will not receive any points in the admissions review for the letters of recommendation if they are not available once the application deadline has passed.
The top applicants will be invited to visit the UND Psychology Department in late February or early March of each year for our open house. The open house begins early on a Friday morning and ends around noon on Saturday. An orientation meeting will be provided by department administrators along with a brief presentation by each faculty member regarding his or her research interests. Applicants will also be provided an opportunity to request individual meetings with faculty members of interest on Saturday morning. An interview with two or more members of the Admissions Committee will be completed.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your application or the application process.
Adam Derenne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, General/Experimental Ph.D. Program
Dept. Psychology - University of North Dakota
319 Harvard Street Stop 8380
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8380