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How to apply to the Ph.D. program

To apply, you must submit an application to the University's Graduate School through the ApplyYourself application system. Use ApplyYourself to upload all supplemental materials for your Graduate School application.

Your application will be reviewed immediately after the application deadline of December 1. You’ll be notified when admissions decisions are finalized. In January, accepted applicants will be invited to attend our welcome weekend event, which is held the last full weekend of February. Check the status of your application in ApplyYourself.

ApplyYourself is a university-wide application system, so some areas may not be required to apply to the child psychology program. Use the list below to learn which areas of the application you should complete.

Application process

Deadline: December 1

Submit all of your application materials by December 1. We won't accept late applications or materials (with the exception of official test score results). We only admit for the fall semester and don't consider applications for other terms.


We don't accept mailed copies of any admissions materials, including official test scores or transcripts. All materials must be uploaded via ApplyYourself.

A complete application file includes:

Basic Application Information Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Residence Information, Test Information – Self Reported.

For Application Information: Select "Child Psychology Ph.D." as your proposed major. Be sure to select your entry term as "Fall" or your application will not be reviewed. The campus is Twin Cities.

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Department/Program Forms Complete the "Child Psychology Ph.D." program application form. All fields are required. You will also upload your coursework form at the end of this form.

Course Lists Please use this form to provide our faculty with a concise list of courses that you have taken in psychology and related fields. This list should be uploaded within the Child Psychology "Department/Program Form" section of the online application.

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. More than three letters are not accepted.

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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.

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Curriculum Vita Upload to ApplyYourself in the "Program Supplementary Information" section.

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Application Fee Pay the application fee in the online application. Fees will differ for US and non-US residents. View more information about fees.

McNair Scholars, you may be eligible for an application fee scholarship. Visit the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education website for more information.
Transcripts Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Find out more information about transcripts and credentials.
GRE Scores You must send official electronic GRE scores to the University. Use Institution code 6874. We only require General Test scores. Scores should be entered in the "Test Information-Self-Reported" field in ApplyYourself. Learn more about the GRE test.
English Language test scores
If you take the TOEFL, you must send official electronic scores to the University. Use Institution code 6874. Scores should also be entered in the "Test Information-Self-Reported" field in ApplyYourself. Access 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 “yes” box on the “Department/Program Form” page and upload a Diversity Personal Statement #2 in the online application's Applicant Statements section.

If you wish to be considered for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship for underrepresented students, please check the “yes” box on the “Department/Program Form” page and upload a Diversity Personal Statement #2 in the online application's Applicant Statements section. Learn more about the DOVE fellowship

Applicants to the clinical track

Be sure you've 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 and it cannot be considered for review.

International applicants

We happily welcome applications from international students! Counseling, advising, and educational services are provided for students and scholars from other countries by the University’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. 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.

In addition to the standard application requirements, all international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS. University of Minnesota policy considers a non-native speaker to be a person who grew up in a home where the primary language was not English. Visit the Graduate School's International Students page for more information, including details about the English language test requirements.

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