Apply to Notre Dame's Graduate School


NOTE: We only accept appilcations for Fall start date.  We do not accept students for a January start date.                                                                             

Any questions regarding your application, contact the graduate school at
574-631-7706 or Thank you.

Our graduate program is founded on the premise that knowledge of basic psychology and psychological methods is required for careers in both basic science and applied behavioral science. 

Our program boasts solid training in general content areas, in methodology, and in scientific writing. They prepare our graduate students to make active contributions to scholarly research and to solve problems in various community, clinical, and other nonacademic settings. To learn what recent graduates are doing, see our placements page.


Visit the Graduate School's website to fill out the online application.  Required components of the application include:  Three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, A CV or resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores (the general test is required and the subject test is recommended), and TOEFL scores (if applicable).  Statements of Intent should describe the applicant’s academic training and research interests and identify one or more Notre Dame faculty members whose research interests intersect with the applicant’s.  The Department of Psychology does not have formal minimal criteria for admission, but applicants should be aware that admission is very competitive.  Our previous entering class had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.72, GRE quant score of 160, and GRE verbal score of 162.

Special scholarship program: The Development of Virtues in the Practices of Science

Interdisciplinary Program in Educational Research: Burns Fellowship

Doctoral Areas in Psychology

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Clinical
    The clinical area at Notre Dame provides excellent research and clinical training that prepares students for research and academic careers.  In addition to specialty training in clinical psychology, students acquire expertise in statistics, research design and methodology, and they gain a broad and general knowledge of the field of psychology.  The concentration trains academically-oriented psychologists who appreciate how science and practice mutually inform one another to advance the discipline and to enhance human functioning.  Learn More >
  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior
    Doctoral candidates in cognition, brain, and behavior area acquire knowledge in the areas of cognition. Research in these areas uses a sophisticated array of methodologies and stresses issues in memory retrieval, spatial cognition, language production and comprehension, music cognition, visual and auditory processing, attention, and aging. This combination of experiences prepares students for postdoctoral careers in university, industry, and government settings. Learn More >
  • Developmental
    In the developmental area, students develop substantive knowledge bases necessary for careers in research and scholarship, in teaching, and in intervention. Concentrations in developmental psychology vary according to the specific interests of students and fit into three categories: cognitive development; socio-emotional development; and developmental psychopathology. Learn More >
  • Quantitative
    The quantitative area faculty train students to have expertise in a variety of analytical tools and to advance methodology through novel research on statistical applications and creative use of existing techniques.  Areas of expertise within the concentration include math modeling and statistics.  As in all of our concentrations, there is great flexibility of curriculum, and students may work with a variety of faculty, both within and between programs.
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  • Joint Doctoral Areas
    The department has established a joint doctoral degree area with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering.
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