Department of Psychology

University of Mississippi

Graduate Admissions for Experimental Psychology

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
Admission decisions are made by the department faculty and forwarded to the dean of the graduate school for final approval. Only applicants for full-time enrollment toward the Ph.D. will be considered. We do not accept applications for part-time enrollment or to complete a terminal master’s degree. We review applications only once each year for admission the following August.

Admission to the Experimental Program at The University of Mississippi, as at other programs across the country, is extremely competitive. We receive a number of applications each year and, from this group, the experimental faculty invite the top applicants for on-campus interviews. These interviews usually occur in February, and we extend interview invitations weeks in advance. We consider these on-campus interviews to be an important source of information for applicants in making informed decisions about where and how they will spend the next several years of their lives. While on campus, applicants have the opportunity to observe firsthand what graduate training at The University of Mississippi is really like. Applicants usually interview with 2-3 faculty members, meet with other graduate students, tour the campus and the psychology department and attend two informal dinner gatherings.

Applicants usually are informed of admission decisions before April 1, and those offered admission are required to notify us of their acceptance of our offers by April 15. We typically admit around 4 – 6 students annually.

The Experimental faculty consider all of the information submitted by applicants in making admissions decisions. However, while we do not have absolute cutoffs for GRE scores and grade-point averages, applicants with the highest scores on these two dimensions tend to be the ones offered admission. We also attend to one’s prior experience with research and the rigor of prior coursework.

Because we are a research-oriented program, applications from students who have been involved in empirical research are usually rated higher than those from students with no such involvement. Similarly, we prefer letters of recommendation from academic psychologists who can better assess a student’s potential for success in an
academic environment. Those applicants with expressed interests in the research areas supported by our faculty are more likely to receive offers of admission.

In general, we encourage applications from students who have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale), a GPA in psychology of 3.2 or higher, and GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) of 150 or higher. Students with lower scores on these measures who have strong backgrounds in research, particularly those with publications, also receive favorable consideration. We encourage applications from members of ethnic
Minorities and other underrepresented groups. We do not require the GRE Psychology Subject Test.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Graduate student applicants must apply to BOTH the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology. The entire application process is completed online, and is initiated by clicking the Graduate School link above. Detailed instructions are presented below and should be followed carefully. There is a checklist at the end of this document to make sure your application includes all required materials.
         Instructions for Applying to the Ph.D. Program in Experimental Psychology

ALL application materials are due by December 1.

Application Part I: Applying Online at the Graduate School’s Website

Step 1: Go to the Graduate School’s Website and click on the Apply now tab.

Step 2: Select “Create a new Application”

Step 3: Make sure that your computer will allow pop-ups.

Step 4: On the Second Page “Application for Graduate Admission” you must check the box at the top that states: “I have read the application overview” as well as the type of application you will be submitting (United States or International Applicant).

Step 5: On the Third Page “Application for Graduate Admission-Personal Information” You must provide all of the information that has a red asterisk including: gender, race, and date of birth.

Step 6: On the Fourth Page, “Admissions” enter the Department as “Psychology” and the year you wish to apply. Next, under “Educational Background” answer the three questions.

Step 7: On pages 5 through 7 fill in your contact information, educational, and employment histories.

Step 8: On page 8, the online application will ask you for payment of a $50 processing fee. Once you have paid for your application to be processed, a window will pop up for you to review your application.

Step 9: PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR APPLICATION BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL IS UNABLE TO CHANGE INFORMATION. After reviewing your application, please select submit.

Step 10: Once you have submitted your application, a window will pop up prompting you to upload supplemental documents.

Application Part II: Submitting your Supplemental Application for the Psychology Department

Step 1: Recommenders: PLEASE HAVE YOUR RECOMMENDERS UPLOAD THEIR LETTERS ONLINE VIA THE LINK PROVIDED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. PLEASE DO NOT HAVE YOUR RECOMMENDERS MAIL, FAX, OR EMAIL YOUR LETTERS DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENT.

Step 2: Recommenders: After filling in the contact information for your three recommenders, you must complete the following steps: (1) check the box stating that you waive your right to see the recommenders letter, and (2) under the “action” subheading, select the second circle (save information and contact recommenders now).

Step 3: Under “Supplemental Admission Documents” Upload the following information: (1) Unofficial GRE scores (ETS reports official GRE scores to the Graduate School), (2) Personal Statement/Goals, (3) GPA. After each required piece is uploaded, a green check mark will appear, and (4) Upload your CV and any other materials that you wish to submit in support of your application. After each required piece is uploaded, a green check mark will appear. (Please indicate in your statement which faculty member(s) work you are interested in.)

Step 4: When you have finished filing out the supplemental application hit save. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE YOU HIT SAVE YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN LOG OUT OF THE APPLICATION SYSTEM. THE COMPUTER WILL AUTOMATICALLY UPLOAD YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION TO YOUR ONLINE PROFILE.

Part III: Additional Information about the application process:

1. Once your application has been submitted, it takes approximately 24 to 48 hours for your application to be uploaded into the system.

2. Keep track of your application number.

3. Under the admission status tab, click the hotlink to see the status of your application materials.

4. Community college information: COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT REQUIRED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. DO NOT SUBMIT THEM TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.

5. Application Fee: $50.00

6. MAKE SURE THAT YOU SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS BY THE DEADLINE. *This includes all letters of recommendation, GRE scores, transcripts, etc. Incomplete applications are unlikely to be given full consideration.

CHECKLIST OF APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

This checklist is included to assist you in ensuring your online application is complete before the December 1 submission deadline.

___ Graduate School Application (Grad School)
___ Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (Grad School)
___ GRE official score reports (Grad School)
___ Department Application (Department)
___ 3 letters of recommendation (uploaded by recommenders; Department)
___ Personal Statement (Department)
___ CV and any other materials you wish to submit (Department)