The information provided below can guide you through the application process to the Ph.D. program in Psychology. There are two important facts to keep in mind:

  1. All of your application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  2. The deadline for submitting your application is December 1.

Preparing to Apply

1) Take the GRE (the General Test is required, and the Subject Test is strongly recommended) in the fall so the official scores will have been submitted well before the December 1 Columbia application deadline. Send your scores to Columbia University GSAS using school code 2162. Applicants should not send application materials to the Psychology Department. This department strongly encourages a combined verbal/quantitative GRE score of at least 1200 to be considered for admission to the program.

2)If applicable, take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS and send your scores to Columbia University, not the Psychology Department, using school code 2162. International students must hold the equivalent of an American university baccalaureate (B.A. or B.S.) and be fluent in both written and spoken English. For more information on testing or degrees, please check the GSAS Admission page.

3) Arrange to have 3 academic references sent to GSAS. Ask the professors from whom you are requesting evaluations to use our on-line system for submission of your recommendations. You will need to obtain the email addresses of your professors. If professors are unable to submit academic references on-line, those documents should be mailed to the GSAS Office of Admissions with a Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet which can be downloaded from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences site.

4) Other Requirements:

If your transcripts are being sent from a foreign country, be sure to request that they are in English with explanations of the grading system. A certified translation may be done by the consulate or a professional agency if your school does not provide one.
The fee should be in the form of a personal or bank check in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank, U.S. Postal Money Orders or Travelers Checks made payable to “Columbia University.” If you are an international student, applying from outside the United States, these are the following conditions: pre-printed on the check must be: a) the U.S. address, and b) the nine-digit ABA or routing number at the bottom. Applications are not considered complete unless accompanied by the fee.


The Application

1) All prospective students must apply to Columbia University using the online process. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is no longer printing applications to be mailed.

Before applying online, please check first to be sure you meet the following system requirements:

2) You may submit your on-line application, even if your professors have not yet submitted the academic references. When the reference letters are submitted, they will be attached to your application. The application deadline is December 1.

3) Your application must include the following information:

4) You can work on the various parts of your application sporadically and you must save all information each time you use the on-line system. You can view the status of your application in an on-line PDF form in the GSAS Apply Yourself Application found in the DOWNLOADABLE FORMS section of the application 5-10 business days after you have submitted your application materials. When documents such as academic references are submitted on-line on your behalf, you will receive a confirmation from GSAS Apply Yourself. Documents submitted on your behalf by post may take longer to appear on your application status PDF.


Admission - The Interview Invitation

In January, selected students will be contacted by faculty either by phone or email and invited to attend ‘Prospective Days’ at Columbia. Prospective Days are held over a long weekend in late February so these applicants can gain a first hand knowledge of the Psychology faculty, the current students and the program in general. It also provides the faculty with the opportunity to interact with prospective students to determine the degree of matching interests. The final selection of students occurs after this weekend.

While students who will be admitted will be contacted soon after by the department, the formal offer will come from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in email. Official notification from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences about admission decisions will be mailed mid-March.