Department of Psychology Title The Ohio State University

Graduate Program


**Please ensure that all of your application materials are received by the December 1 deadline for full consideration. You should anticipate typical delays in obtaining letters of recommendation, test scores, and get an early start. Admission decisions are made only after all materials are received.

The Ohio State University - Department of Psychology - Admission Application

General Instructions

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in psychology at The Ohio State University. By following the instructions on this page you will complete your Ohio State Graduate School Application for the Department of Psychology online.

Please print this page before proceeding.

Important Deadlines

November 23, 24, 25, 26 is a Holiday Weekend for the University. We will not be available for questions during these days.

All domestic applications completed by December 1, 2017
All international applications completed by December 1, 2017
GRE scores can take 2-3 weeks to be processed by the Admissions Office once received. Students should take the GRE before mid-November to ensure scores are received in time.

Please Note

The Psychology Department ONLY Admits for Autumn Semester Each Year.
The Psychology Department ONLY Admits Students Interested in Acquiring a Ph.D.

Things You Do Online

  1. Complete Ohio State University Graduate School Application

    You Will Need:
    1. Credit Card** (Fee: $60 domestic, $70 International)
    2. References: Names and email addresses of three professional references. Recommendation letters will be submitted online through the Graduate School application.
    3. Latest GRE & TOEFL scores: Although self-reported scores will not be considered official, they are helpful in our initial review of applications. Students are responsible for reporting accurate information.

    Online Application:

    ** Participants in the following programs may be eligible for a fee waiver: CIC Free Apps, McNair Scholars Program, National Name Exchange, STARS, Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) or the Graduate & Professional Student Visitation Day (GPSVD), Teach for America (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only),City Year (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), City Year (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), Americorps (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), ABRCMS/SACNAS (IBGP-PHD applicants only), USAID or DIKTI, PGD Program.

    These guidelines provide information about eligibility and documents that you must submit to prove financial need. If you have already been awarded a fee waiver from the application service or from the required admission testing service (DAT, GRE, OAT, PCAT, MCAT), the Professional the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office will automatically waive the application fee.

  2. When you click "Next" at the bottom of this page you will be directed to the Graduate Admissions site to begin filling out your Graduate Application. In the application you will also fill out information specifically regarding the Psychology Department.

    You Will Need:
    1. Program Area first choice & second choice (choose from the following: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, IDD, Quantitative, Social, or Decision Science) you will not be able to submit your application unless you list at least a first choice of area.
    2. Information on all Psychology courses taken(Course, Instructor, Grade, and Credit Hrs.) There may not be enough room for all your courses, but please try to list them under the appropriate area (General, Developmental, Social/Counseling, Industrial/Applied, Quantitative).
    3. Autobiographical Statement/Statement of Purpose: This statement is very important. It should not exceed 600 words. Please describe why you wish to pursue graduate study, why you chose psychology as your major field of graduate study, and why you are interested in attending Ohio State. You only need to upload this document. It is not necessary to send copies. Your autobiographical statement should be uploaded as either a pdf or docs file.
    4. Curriculum Vitae/Resume: Required of all applicants who wish to be considered for a Graduate School Fellowships. You only need to upload this document. It is not necessary to send copies. Also, please do not include writing samples with your CV. Writing samples will be solicited by the area admissions chair to which you are applying if needed. Your CV should be uploaded as either a pdf or doc file.
    5. Transcripts: Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

      Send an electronic copy of official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

      If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office. Transcripts take 2-4 weeks to process once received. Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from their institutions in plenty of time to allow for OSU to process them prior to the deadline.

    6. GRE/TOEFL Scores: Have Your Official General GRE Scores Sent to Ohio State (1592). International Students Must Submit OFFICIAL TOEFL Scores (do not send copies) if they have not graduated from an accredited U.S. university or college
    7. Indicate one or more admitting faculty or labs with whom you would like to work while at OSU. This field will be required so please take time to look and see with whom you feel your interests are similar.

Checking Application Status

After submitting an application, first time applicants are sent an email from The Ohio State University’s Information Technology (IT) Service Desk, assigning an OSU ID and Internet Username (lastname.#).

Important: Applicants who have or had an affiliation with Ohio State do not receive the above-mentioned email since they already have an OSU ID and Internet Username. The Username is used to access the self-service page. When the Username and password are not active, it can be activated at: Or, if the OSU ID, username, or password are forgotten, assistance is also available at

New applicants with no prior or current affiliation with Ohio State who know their OSU ID and Username must activate their Username and create a password by requesting an activation code at: . If you do not remember your ID, Username, or password, help is available at For assistance with the activation code request process, please visit; or, contact the IT Service Desk by e-mail at or calling (614) 688-HELP (4357). For those applicants who do know their current password, passwords may be changed or reset by following the instructions at:, or by contacting the IT Service Desk.

Questions or Concerns

You can direct questions and/or concerns to the following:

Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator
E-mail: (preferred)

Telephone: (614) 292-4112
Fax: (614) 292-4537

Ohio State Graduate Admissions Office
Telephone: (614) 292-9444
E-mail (U.S. applicants & International):

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