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. Note we will NOT require the general GRE for the Dec 1, 2020 and 2021 admission deadlines. 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, in the uploaded personal statement document please also describe a time that you overcame an obstacle.  The statement could be integrated into the personal statement or be included as a separate paragraph below the personal statement.  Please indicate where you are discussing overcoming an obstacle either by bolding the word "obstacle" or creating a separate heading.  This does not need to focus on an academic obstacle that you had faced in a school or research environment, though academic-related obstacles are welcome.  For Developmental Psychology and Social and Cognitive Psychology this same question should be addressed in a separate paragraph in the uploaded personal statement document.  Due to a glitch updating the online admissions system, there was a discrepancy between instructions on this page for the personal statement and what appeared in ADMIT. Please follow the instructions on this page if you have not yet uploaded your personal statement. Do not be concerned if you have already submitted an application using the old instructions on ADMIT. We will not penalize your application in any way. 
  • 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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