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Psychology Graduate Programs

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;  Cognitive Psychology;  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, starting in the fall semester. The department does not admit students for a terminal Master’s degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is your institution code/department code? 
A: Our Institution Code is 2823. Syracuse University does not use department codes. 

Q: I haven’t heard back about my application, when will a decision be made?
A: All admit decisions are made by April 15th. We are unable to provide information about your status prior to April 15.

Q: I am an international student, do I have to submit TOEFL scores?
A: TOEFL scores are required. This requirement is waived for students who graduated from an English speaking college or university.

Q: I’m an international student and I need a conditional admission, a delayed admission, or a sponsor letter.
A: We do not admit students with conditional or delayed admission requirements, nor do we provide sponsor letters for applicants.

Q: Do I have to submit an official transcript with my application?
A: No, a transcript copy is allowed. Official transcripts are only required after an applicant has been admitted.

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: We are unable to check status on individual applications. Applicants can log into their own account and see current status.

Q: Is a particular faculty member accepting new students / Can I tour your facilities or meet with a particular faculty member before I apply?
A: Visits are by invitation only. Many of our program webpages list the faculty accepting students. You may reach out directly to faculty of interest to ask about their recruitment plans.

Q: What financial aid/funding do you offer/how much does it cost to attend your program?
A: Each program provides information about funding on their web pages. Program links are listed above.

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: The application fee is $75. Fees are waived automatically for Veterans and McNair Scholars. The fee is otherwise required.

Q: What is required to apply?
A: The on-line application will prompt you for these required materials: GRE General Test,three letters of recommendations, atranscript, CV or resume, and a Personal Statement (instructions for the personal statement are in the on-line application).

Q: How do I apply?
A: To begin the application process visit:

  • Click the online application link and create a New User Account.
  • When queried as 'to which program and degree do you intend to apply?' select one of our four programs: Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Social Psychology, or Cognitive Psychology.