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 2021 was 3.78. While overall GPA is considered, greater focus is given the GPA earned in the last 60 hours and in psychology classes.
- Test Scores: GRE scores (general or psychology subject) are not required for students planning to begin studies in Fall 2023; however, applicants may choose to include scores. For Fall 2021 of the 19 students offered admission, three included GRE scores. We do not have a minimum GRE score required for admission.
- Fit: Greater consideration is given to applicants who have research interests that match our faculty and resources. Applicants can learn more about our faculty members and their research on our webpage.
- 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 stengths and potential for success in graduate school.
For Fall 2021, 164 students applied and 19 were offered admission. Of those offered admission, 13 applicants accepted our offer to join the program.
"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