Department of Psychology

Graduate Application Information

Special Announcement: For the 2023 application cycle only, the general GRE and GRE subject test will not be considered. These scores should not be sent for this application cycle.

The deadline (every year) for priority consideration is December 4th (11:59 p.m. EST) although applications will continue to be accepted until February 15th.  Applicants are thus strongly encouraged to submit their applications by December 4th.

Please see our Master's Program FAQ page for answers to common questions, as well as the list of Faculty Considering Graduate Students. 

Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate Program in Psychology are required to submit the following to the Graduate School by the submission deadlines noted above: 

  • An application for graduate admission
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). 
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (see note in red above; no GRE scores are required for this application cycle). 
  • Three recommendations from educators or others with professionally relevant information. (note: at least one letter must be from an educator). 
  •  A $75 non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars.

Students who have majored in psychology or who have taken substantial coursework in psychology while majoring in another field will be considered for acceptance into the program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education;
  2. Strong academic record with an average of “B” or better in at least 21 hr of psychology courses, including statistics and a psychology research methods course (statistics course can be from a statistics/mathematics department);
  3. GRE scores. Non psychology majors must also submit GRE Psychology exam scores. (see note in red above; no GRE scores are required for this application cycle).

 Note: Evidence of 2 and 3 above must be provided by the submission deadlines noted above. 

Additional submission requirements include: 

  1. Psychology Research Interest Form. You can access this form here. The form will ask you to select a concentration (Psychological Science, Applied Behavior Analysis-Clinical, or Neuroscience and Behavior) and rate your research interests in a variety of areas of psychology. 
  2. Statement of Interest. This 500-800 word statement is completed during the online application process. Your statement should address: a) the areas of psychology in which you are interested; b) your career & educational goals immediately upon completion of the master’s degree; c) your long-term educational & career goals; d) how completion of this degree program will help you reach your career & educational goals; and e) any career-relevant experience you have had (e.g., instructional, research, computer skills, counseling, animal care, etc.). The statement of interest should capture the student's interest in the field of study.
  3. Resume/Vita. All students applying for graduate training at UNCW are asked to upload a Resume or Vita during the online application process.

Applications must be received by the submission deadlines for admission the following fall semester. The admissions procedure may also include an invited interview with psychology department faculty. All interested applicants will be considered for graduate assistantships, which will be awarded on a competitive basis when they become available.