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How to Apply to the Ph.D. Program

All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system. Please see the admissions FAQ for more information and advice.

Application Process


December 1 is the application deadline for all materials to be received in ICD.

Important note about the deadline: Your online application is submitted to the university's graduate admissions office first, and once they process it (review transcripts), they will forward it to us at ICD. There will be a delay of up to ten days from when you submit your application to when we receive it. We STRONGLY encourage you to submit your application early. Your application should be received in ICD by the December 1st deadline. If you wait until December 1st to submit your ApplyYourself application, it is possible that the delay will cause us to be unable to consider you for admission. (Note: Our early submission recommendation does not apply to letters of recommendation; those will be available to us right away when they are submitted, as long as your application has been submitted and forwarded to us by graduate admissions.)


All application materials should be submitted directly to the online admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Submission of the following items comprises a complete application file:

Application Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statement #1, and Recommendations. (See below for more information about Applicant Statements and Recommendations.)

Optional fields: All other fields are optional, but may be taken into consideration if submitted. We recommend completing the Test Information-Self Reported section if you have your unofficial GRE scores available.

IMPORTANT: All applicants, including those applying to the DPCS joint training track, must indicate their intended major as Child Psychology Ph.D. If an application is submitted with the incorrect intended major, we will not receive it. It will cause severe delays in the processing of that application and likely cause us to be unable to consider you for admission. It is critical you select Child Psychology Ph.D. as your intended major.

Access the online application
Program application form Complete the program application form and upload it under Graduate Program Additional Application in the Program Supplementary Information section in the online application (ApplyYourself).

Download the Program Application Form
Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required. Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Paper copies are not accepted. More than three letters are not accepted.

Download instructions for letter writers (review and share with your recommenders)
Applicant Statement #1 This personal statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation. Upload in the Applicant Statement #1 section.

Download personal statement writing instructions
Curriculum Vita Upload to ApplyYourself in the Program Supplemental Information section.

Download vita writing instructions
Application Fee Pay the application fee in the online application. Click here for more information about fees.
Transcripts Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts; there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.
GRE Scores We only require General Test scores. Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. Request official copy to be sent to ICD at institution code=6874, department code=2006 (this is the correct department code for Developmental Psychology). Click here for more information about the GRE test.
English Language test scores
(TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. Click here for more information about English Language test scores.


Writing Sample You may upload a writing sample into the Writing Sample portion on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application.
Applicant Statement #2 If you wish to be considered for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship for underrepresented students, please check the box on the Program Application Form and upload a Diversity Personal Statement 2 in the online application's Applicant Statements section. Describe how your previous experiences and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity (approximately 2 double-spaced pages). If applicable, mention hardships or obstacles you may have overcome to complete your undergraduate education (e.g. coming from a low-income background or being a first-generation college student).
More information on the DOVE fellowship

Applicants to the specialty track

Please be sure you have reviewed information about the program and the specialty track.

Developmental psychopathology and clinical science (DPCS) track: Applications are processed at the Institute of Child Development-Department of Child Psychology. Do not direct anything to the Department of Psychology. Be sure to direct all materials to ICD. We urge you to apply early and complete the GRE as soon as possible. Be sure to indicate your intended major on the Graduate School online application as Child Psychology Ph.D. If an application is submitted with the incorrect intended major, we will not receive it. It will cause severe delays in the processing of that application. If your application is not complete in ICD by the December 1st deadline it is likely that we will be unable to include your application in our review.

International applicants

Counseling, advising, and educational services are provided for students and scholars from other countries by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Students may receive counseling and advising services regarding visa requirements and other immigration issues, social, personal, and financial matters; international and intercultural educational opportunities; academic issues; and English language requirements. Please visit the Graduate School's International Students page for more information, including details about the English language test requirements.


Most questions are answered in our admissions information. Please look over the links in the navigation on the left, especially the admissions FAQ. Inquiries may be made to the Institute of Child Development admissions staff via


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