All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically. We are no longer able to accept paper applications.

The online application process starts with the UNL Application for Graduate Admissions.

The application will request the following information:

  • Personal Information such as contact information
  • Academic history and credentials (include the GPA for your major)
  • A Personal Statement that answers the following questions - What are your interests in Psychology (or Psych and Law)?  What are your long-range career goals?  In other words, what kind of work do you hope to be doing in 10-15 years?  What are your research interests? What research experiences have you had?  Are there internships, jobs, practicum, or other experiences relevant to your application?  Are there any other unique factors that we should consider in evaluating your application? Please also tell us about a time when you overcame an obstacle or obstacles to achieve a goal.
  • The Department of Psychology affirms a strong commitment to diversity, which is a core value of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We strive to be a department where all feel safe and welcome.  In this spirit, please provide a statement that descripts your potential to contribute to a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect in which scholars with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and collaborate productively and positively together.  This could include your experiences living and working in diverse communitites, your interests in public service or advocacay that adresses the needs of divers populations, or your vision for how you would contribut to efforts to increase education access and.or to conduct research that explores inequities.  There is not a strict limit on the length of this statement, but one double-spaced page is a good goal.
  • A list of any papers presented or published
  • An indication of which program you are applying to and a listing of faculty with whom you are interested in working
  • Names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who will submit letters of recommendation electronically

For questions regarding the application process please contact:

Jamie Longwell
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
238 Burnett Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0308

Note: Transcripts are to be uploaded into the application. You do not need to send additional copies of transcripts to the Department of Psychology.

Applicants to the Law and Psychology program must also submit a law school application to the UNL College of Law.

NOTE: Some application forms are in Adobe PDF format. If you need Acrobat Reader you can download a copy free at


It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln not to discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.