Spencer Upton

"If you are interested in learning and developing skills in addiction neuroscience and quantitative methodology, then Mizzou's psychology department is the place for you. " - Cognition & Neuroscience Graduate Student Spencer Upton

Applicants are judged on the total strength of their admissions package.  There is no one factor or variable that determines an admission decision.  

  • Grades: The average GPA of students admitted for Fall 2023 matriculation was 3.76 with a range of 3.12 to 4.0.
  • Test Scores:  For students applying to begin training in Fall 2024, GRE scores (general or psychology subject) are not required; however, applicants may choose to include scores.  We do not have a minimum GRE score required for admission.  For Fall 2023 matriculation 43 of 211 applicants chose to include GRE scores.
  • Fit: Greater consideration is given to applicants who have research interests that match our faculty and resources.  The required personal statement should clearly demonstrate this academic fit to our program.
  • Academic Character: The letters of recommendation, writing sample and personal statement help faculty to gauge an applicant's academic and research experiences.  Applicants are allowed to include additional information (e.g., a personal history) to help faculty members understand strengths and potential for success in graduate school.

For Fall 2023 matriculation, 211 students applied to our program. There were 130 applications to the Clinical area, Cognition and Neuroscience received 28 applications, Developmental 21, Quantitative 12, and Social/Personality received 15. A total of 24 applicants were offered admission. Of those offered admission, 13 applicants accepted our offer to join the program.


Many questions you might have about our program and your application can be answered in our Graduate Program FAQ or by contacting our Director of Graduate Studies, Dennis Miller (millerden@missouri.edu).