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Psychology Graduate Program

The Department of Psychology at Syracuse University has a faculty of distinguished psychologists known for the highest achievement in research, a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and active engagement in community settings. The department has four graduate programs: Clinical Psychology; Cognition, Brain, & Behavior; School Psychology; and Social Psychology. The graduate programs combine classroom instruction and advanced seminar participation with student and faculty collaborative research. The department offers programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. All programs of study provide intensive exposure to the theoretical and methodological foundations of psychology with a strong emphasis on quantitative skills.

Graduate students are financially supported with teaching assistantships, clinical assistantships, research assistantships, or university-level fellowships. Graduate students are actively engaged in publishing the results of their work in peer-reviewed journals and presenting these results at scientific conferences. Through their advisor, all students have access to the human subjects research pool that offers an excellent source of research participants. For students interested in an academic career, the Future Professoriate Program (FPP) is an exceptional opportunity for graduate students to engage in training and certification in university-led teaching.

If you are considering a graduate education in the Department of Psychology at Syracuse University, please visit The Graduate School, or contact to answer questions regarding the application process.

Graduate study in the department is full-time study. The department does not admit students for a terminal Master’s degree.

Department of Psychology Graduate Travel Grant Policy and Application

Instructions for Completing the Travel Grant Application

Through the Department of Psychology Travel Grant Program, graduate students may apply for partial support to cover travel expenses to attend professional meetings and conferences. Please submit your Graduate Student Travel Grant Application as soon as you have confirmation that your work has been included in a meeting or conference. Such early submission of proposals is strongly encouraged since funding for this program is limited and late submissions run a greater risk of being unfunded.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, graduate students must be matriculated, be registered as a full-time student (i.e., registered for 12 credits as a graduate student, hold a graduate appointment, or otherwise certified as full-time), have completed at least one semester of graduate study at Syracuse University, and be in good academic standing. Travel support is only available for presentation of work at a conference. A maximum of one award may be made per student per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Travel grants will normally not exceed $500, nor will they be granted retroactively.

Application Process

Graduate Student: Please submit the proposal form electronically in an e-mail attachment to your Area Director. Important Note: you must submit written evidence to the Area Director that your work has been accepted for presentation to the Conference. If the Area Director endorses your proposal he or she will submit it to the Psychology Department office. The Area Director will return your proposal to you if it was not endorsed.

Area Director: Please complete your portion of the travel grant application and then forward the proposal electronically to Sean Kelly in the Psychology Department office at The written evidence is for your evaluation; your submission of your student’s proposal indicates that the student’s contribution has been accepted for presentation and that you have endorsed the proposal. Please do not submit proposals to the main office that you do not endorse.


The student will be notified by e-mail of the proposal's approval or denial. If the proposal is approved, the student must turn in original receipts for air travel, automobile mileage, meals, and/or lodging to Sean Kelly for reimbursement up to the approved amount.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is your institution code/department code? 
A: 2823, SU does not use department codes.

Q: I haven’t heard back about my application, when will a decision be made?
A: By April 15th.

Q: I’m an international student, do I have to submit TOEFL scores?
A: Yes (unless you are a Clinical applicant with an undergrad degree from a U.S. school).

Q: I’m an international student and I need a conditional admission/delayed admission/send me a sponsor letter.
A: No, we don’t do conditional/delayed admits.

Q: Do I have to submit an official transcript with my application?
A: No.

Q: I want to submit an official transcript /additional reference letters/a paper application: What is your physical address?

Q: Do you require the GRE Psychology subject test?
A: No, only the GRE general test is required.

Q: Please check my application and tell me what is missing.
A: No, applicants can log into their own account and see current status.

Q: Is Dr. so-and-so accepting students?/I want a tour of your facilities/a meeting with a particular faculty member before I apply.
A: Visits are by invitation only during recruitment; you may reach out directly to faculty of interest.

Q: What financial aid/funding do you offer/how much does it cost to attend your program?
A: Read the program’s website, links provided.

Q: I’m having technical trouble with my on-line application.
A: Click on the “Contact our Help Desk” from within the application, or email the Help Desk at:

Q: How much is your application fee/Can I have the fee waived?
A: $75. Fees are waived automatically for Veterans and McNair Scholars. The fee is otherwise required.