Psychology and Neuroscience

The department offers five subplans:

  • Behavioral genetics
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Clinical
  • Cognitive
  • Social psychology

When completing the online application you must select one of these sub plans on the first page of the application.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details

All students are admitted with the expectation that they will work toward a PhD degree. Many students fulfill the requirements for and receive a master of arts degree in the course of working toward the PhD. To state the requirements for the PhD in terms of credit hours would be misleading, since the degree is not conferred merely upon the satisfactory completion of a course of study, however faithfully pursued. Students who receive this degree must demonstrate that they are proficient in some broad subject of learning and that they can critically evaluate work in this field; furthermore, they must have shown the ability to work independently in their chosen field and must have made an original contribution of significance to the advancement of knowledge.

In the first year of graduate study, all psychology graduate students typically enroll in graduate statistics courses. In addition, there is a first-year research requirement that can be fulfilled in several ways, but that requires the student to begin an active program of research. Typically the student must also enroll in a sequence of proseminars designed to give the student exposure to various research topics and methods.

Before admission to candidacy for the PhD degree the student must pass a comprehensive examination in the field of concentration and related fields. This examination is written (with additional oral parts, at the option of the faculty) and tests the student’s mastery of a broad field of knowledge, not merely the formal course work completed.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Submit GRE scores. The Department requires GRE scores that have been taken no longer than five years prior to the year in which the application is made. In addition, the Clinical Psychology program requires the GRE Psychology Test along with the General GRE.
  4. Provide three letters of recommendation.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Graduate Program Assistant
Muenzinger D244
345 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0345
Phone: 303-492-1553
Fax: 303-492-2967

Psychology and Neuroscience website