Graduate Program Procedures and Materials

**Due to COVID-19 pandemic the Psychology Department is committed to being flexible and inclusive in our review of applications for graduate admission for 2021-22.  We understand that the pandemic will have disrupted many people's undergraduate experiences including finishing theses or preparing for the GRE. Please contact us if you have questions.

Application Procedures

*2021 Application Deadline*

Clinical Psychology Training Program and Social Cognitive Program - December 1, 2020 (includes joint applications to law psychology program)

Developmental Program and Neuroscience and Behavior Program - December 15, 2020 (includes joint applications to law psychology program) 

Department of Psychology Interview Weekend is February 19-21, 2021. The individual programs have different policies about whether in-person or telephone interviews are recommended or required. Please contact program directors or watch the web site for specific details. Interviews are by invitation only, following review of the applications. We typically extend invitations to attend Interview Weekend about one month prior to the weekend.

Our Online Admissions System

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 (for Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Social Cognitive Psychology include the GPA for your major)
  • A list of science, research methods, statistics and math classes (with grades). For Clinical Psychology only.
  • 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? For Clinical Psychology the personal statement should address the following question "Tell us about a time when you overcame an obstacle or obstacles to achieve a goal."  For Developmental Psychology this same question should be addressed in a separate paragraph.
  • A list of any papers presented or published
  • An indication of which program you are applying to and a listing of 2-3 faculty with whom you are interested in working
  • Names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who will submit letters of recommendation electronically
  • Law Psychology joint degree applications (JD, MLS) require an additional application.  For the JD you must also apply to the Law College, for the MLS you must submit an additional application through Graduate Studies. Instructions for the Law and Psychology program application may be obtained on Law and Psychology webpage.

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.

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