Program Admission Requirements

However, the successful applicant will typically have a GPA that is higher than the listed minimum.
  • Official academic transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities should be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from professors familiar with your academic work).
  • A personal statement. Please make certain that you devote a full paragraph to describing various faculty members’ research interests that are consistent with your own.
  • Official GRE test scores. The general test is required, and the subject test in psychology is recommended. Ideally, applicants will have a minimum score of 300 for the combined verbal and quantitative sections with neither score falling below 148. Subject test scores in psychology are optional, but encouraged.
Applying to UD

To be considered for graduate admission, apply online It's simple, fast and free. After submitting the online application, you can check status ( at any point during the process to see what pieces of information, if any, may need to be submitted.

Enhance your experience by personalizing our Web site to view information about your academic interests, learn more about faculty and research opportunities, and receive important news and updates throughout the admission process.

The UD Guide, provides key information for graduate students covering topics such as housing and dining, parking, computer accounts, class registration, financial services and more. You can also access the Graduate Bulletin which provides you with detailed course descriptions.

About our Graduate School

The University of Dayton offers more than 50 disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advanced degree programs, making it easy for you to find a program to meet your needs. We are committed to facilitating and supporting student success by providing excellent advanced educational opportunities and services that link learning, research and scholarship with leadership and service - the Catholic and Marianist values of the University of Dayton.

Financial Aid

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. These assistantships include a stipend and full tuition remission. The Department of Psychology also offers a limited number of traineeships to students in the clinical psychology program. Trainees are placed at local mental health agencies and receive partial tuition remission, plus a stipend based upon the number of hours worked at the agency. The deadline for graduate assistantship/traineeship consideration is March 1. Applying for an assistantship/traineeship is easy. Simply indicate your interest on the online admission application, and include a brief summary of your qualifications in your personal statement.

Financial aid is also available to graduate students. You must be admitted to the University of Dayton to receive a formal financial aid award. For loan and grant consideration, you are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available from any college or the web ( Submit this form to the processing agency, and list the University of Dayton (CODE #003127) to receive the results. Although financial aid information is processed throughout the year for graduate students, May 1 is the priority consideration deadline. It is recommended that you submit your completed FAFSA to the processing agency by May 1 for financial aid consideration for the upcoming fall, winter and summer semesters.