Graduate Program Procedures and Materials

Application Procedures

*2020 Application Deadline*
Clinical Psychology Training Program December 2, 2019 (includes joint applications to clinical and law psychology programs)

All other programs December 16, 2019 (Developmental, Law Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, Social and Cognitive

Department of Psychology Interview Weekend is February 21-23, 2020. 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Please have official GRE scores sent directly by ETS to the Graduate College. We also strongly encourage you to provide a PDF of your copy of GRE General and Psychology Subject (if applicable) Tests scores. Due to the volume of GRE scores sent, they are often not uploaded into your application in a timely manner.  A PDF will ensure your application is complete by the deadline.
  • 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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