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University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. in Psychology


For questions regarding your application, please contact the graduate school at 574-631-7706 or

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.

To learn which faculty members are recruiting graduate students, see the individual program areas (clinical) or contact the faculty members with whom you are interested in working.


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, and TOEFL scores (if applicable). The GRE is no longer required (04/26/2021).

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.

The Department would like to encourage students from diverse backgrounds (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities) to apply. For these students, fee waivers can be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For a fee waiver please contact

ND Pier: Students interested in learning to conduct research on educational practices, programs and policies should apply for the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship to be a part of the Program for Interdisciplinary Educational Research. This fellowship provides a stipend for up to five years, along with professional development funding for research and travel. Interested students will apply as part of their graduate application to their departmental Ph.D. program.

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