Ph.D. Admission Decisions
Criteria for Admission Decisions
Applicants are judged on the total strength of their admissions package.
- Grades: The average GPA of students admitted for Fall 2017 is 3.79
- Test Scores: Both new and old (up to 5 years) GRE test scores will be considered.
- Fit: Greater consideration is given to applicants who have research interests that match our faculty and resources, indicated by the personal statement.
- Academic Character: The letters of recommendation help faculty to gauge an applicant's academic character.
For Fall 2016, 228 students applied and 40 were offered admission. Of those offered admission, 20 applicants accepted our offer to join the program. For Fall 2016, there were 133 applications to the Clinical area. Cognition and Neuroscience received 32 applications, Developmental 21, Quantitative 13 and Social/Personality received 29.
For Fall 2017, 162 students applied and 17 were offered admission. Of those offered admission, 10 applicants accepted our offer to join the program. For Fall 2017, there were 77 applications to the Clinical area. Cognition and Neuroscience received 27 applications, Developmental 19, Quantitative 10, and Social/Personality received 29.
"Although the courses may be more challenging, and it may not always feel like time is on your side, the lessons you will learn here will impact you for the rest of your life. With expert faculty in all training areas of psychology, including one of the most premier quantitative programs in the nation, your graduate training will far surpass what you could achieve elsewhere. Everyday I am reminded that Mizzou is the best place I have ever been, and I have never once looked back with regret." - Cognition & Neuroscience Graduate Student Nathaniel Greene