UAB - CAS - Psychology - Admissions


Admission to the Lifespan Developmental Ph.D. program follows the following review process:

  • Admission to the program is highly competitive. We follow an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity process to ensure applicants are evaluated on their individual merit. Our aim is to admit two to four new students each year.
  • Admission is only possible for the fall semester, for full-time studies, and for completing the doctoral program (a Masters’ degree is typically earned along the way). Deadline for all application materials to be submitted the Graduate School is November 30. Application information and the online application portal is available through the UAB Graduate School.
  • Successful applicants typically have a verbal GRE Score of 156 or higher and a Quantitative Score of 152 or higher, with a GPA greater than 3.5.
  • Research experience is essential. We prefer a solid background in psychology as well as some courses in the life sciences. Excellent grades in statistics and mathematics are also valued.
  • A faculty committee reviews all applications to identify a small number who will be considered more fully. Those applicants are invited for a campus visit in January or February.
  • Admission is offered only to an applicant who, in addition to having excellent credentials, can be matched with a faculty member who agrees to mentor that student. Applicants will need to identify faculty members with whom they share research interest and would like to study.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.