Graduate Application FAQs

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to your program?

GRE scores are only one piece of information we use to make admission decisions.  Our faculty members closely review transcripts, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and fit with an ongoing faculty-led research program at Mizzou.  A high GRE score does not guarentee admission and a low score does not mean a student will nopt be admitted to the program.

The GRE and GRE subject test are not required for students applying to begin graduate training in Fall 2021. Students may include GRE scores in their application.

What are the GRE codes that I will need so that you receive my scores?

The University of Missouri code is 6875. Psychology is 2016.

What is the TOEFL code that I will need so that you receive my scores?

The University of Missouri code is 6875. 

Can I receive a waiver of the mandatory application fee?

The department can offer a limited number of waivers of the application fee. To apply for a fee waiver please send the following to Dennis Miller ( before October 15.

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae that clearly indicates research experiences and interests.
  2. Brief (250 words maximum) statement that addresses need for the waiver.
  3. A copy of the faculty interest document that can be found  here.

I am a U.S. military veteran or an active service member, can I receive a waiver of the application fee?

The Graduate School waives application fees for U.S. military veterans and active service members. If you self-identify during the application process in the online system, you will receive waiver instructions automatically.

How do I find faculty members that may be considering new graduate students?

Our webpage will be updated each year around October with faculty that may be considering new graduate students the following year.

The Fall 2021 Faculty Interest Document can be found here.

Can I make changes to my application after I've submitted it? 

No. Once you submit your application you cannot make changes to it. However, you can log into the application and upload new or updated documents and make changes as many times as you wish before you submit your application. You can update and save information and documents as often as you wish until you hit the submit button.  

Do I need to take the GRE Psychology subject test?

The Psychology Subject Test is not required. It is strongly recommended for the Clinical program. This is different than the regular GRE test. 

Do you have any advice on navigating the admission process?

Yes. The American Psychological Association has a free video series that takes prospective graduate students step-by-step through the preparation, application, interview and admission processes. Here is a link to their video series

I already have a Master's Degree. Do I have to earn one at Mizzou?

A student who has completed an empirical masters elsewhere may ask to have their thesis reviewed to meet our MA requirement. If it is accepted, the student will not have to complete a thesis in this program before beginning further work on their PhD.

What can you tell me about financial aid?

Currently, all students accepted into the PhD program receive guaranteed funding for five years, usually in the form of a teaching assistantship or research assistantship. Some students receive a campus fellowship. Assistantships and fellowships typically carry with them a tuition waiver, 9 month stipend, and health insurance subsidy.

What should I include in my 500 word statement of purpose (only required for applications to the PhD program)?

Consider your statement to be an expression of your professional background, previous experience, and research interests. Explain how our faculty and research program are a good fit to your own career goals. Convince your audience that you have what it takes to succeed in graduate school. State clearly what motivates you to be a part of the graduate program to which you are applying, and state clearly why that program would want you. Demonstrate that you are familiar with the program to which you are applying and that you are a good match to that program. Show that you have the ability to be a good follower (someone who takes directions and criticism well) and a leader (someone who can work independently and guide others). Convince your readers that you will be successful and that you’ll complete the program on time.

Must I have majored in Psychology to apply to the PhD program?

While most of the students admitted to the PhD program majored in psychology in their undergraduate years, we do accept students from other disciplines with a strong interest in the various fields of psychological research.

Do you offer a Master's degree in Psychology?

The only terminal Master's degree we offer is the MA in Quantitative Psychometrics. Students enrolled in the PhD program will earn a MA as part of their program of study.

Do you accept part-time students?

No, the program is designed for full-time, on campus, continuous study.

Can I complete my graduate degree online?

No, the program is designed for on campus study.

Can you send me printed information about your program?

The best source of information about our Graduate Program is this website. We no longer print hard copy materials.

Eryn Adams

"In my time in this department thus far, I have been afforded the opportunity to conduct hands-on research with kids in the community, write and submit a grant, as well as begin teaching my first undergraduate-level course. Each new opportunity has provided me with vital skills for the increasingly competitive job market." - Cognition & Neuroscience Graduate Student Eryn Adams

Kelsey Irvin

Kelsey Irvin was selected for the MU Distinguished Thesis Award for "Association between Positive Affect Regulation and the Reward Positivity."  Her research, mentored by Dr. Debi Bell and Dr. Bruce Bartholow suggests that positive affect regulation may be an important factor to consider when examining the nature of the relationship between psychophysiological reward processing and adjustment indicators, that interventions focusing on increasing savoring may positively impact self-reported adjustment, and that savoring may be a particularly useful affect regulation strategy for individuals with a low sensitivity to rewards.