University of Colorado Boulder

Graduate Program Application Information

Applying to the Program

What we are looking for:
Acceptance into our program will be based on prior coursework, research experience, and a good fit with the research programs of our faculty. Although students with a wide range of experiences may be accepted, students with a research background tend to be the strongest candidates. Successful applicants to the Behavioral Neuroscience subplan often have taken courses such as cell biology, organic chemistry, neuroscience, biopsychology, biochemistry, research methods, and statistics. All other subplans require a strong background in statistics and research methods. The Clinical subplan is the only subplan that absolutely requires a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

General Information

Program Area Information

Steps to Applying for the PhD Program

In applying for the PhD program, you will be required to:

Interview and Admissions Process

Graduate applications will be reviewed through January. After all applications have been reviewed, individual faculty members will contact prospective candidates and generally invite them to the campus for a departmental interview. Behavioral Genetics, Clinical, Cognitive and Social subplans conduct interview weekends while Behavioral Neuroscience invites candidates for individual interview dates.

Final decisions of acceptance are generally made in March after the admissions committee has met and all candidates have been evaluated. All candidates will be informed of their status via email.

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