Deadline: December 1
We accept applications for our PhD in developmental psychology for a fall term start each year.
Our admissions committee evaluates applications holistically. Strong candidates have a combination of research and education in psychology or related subjects and show promise to become leading researchers in the field of developmental psychology. Each year, we aim to welcome 10 new students.
For a snapshot of our previous admissions data, please visit The Graduate School’s program statistics webpage.
You’re eligible to apply if you’ve completed:
- a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, earned before the fall start of the PhD program
- at least three courses in Psychology (Recommended: Developmental, Abnormal, and Research Methods)
- one course in statistics
After you submit your application, you’ll receive an email confirmation. Application review begins directly after the deadline and continues through mid-January. An admissions committee made up of faculty from ICD will review your application and pass along their recommendations to the entire faculty for a final decision. Students who are offered admission will receive an invitation to our Prospective Student Weekend, which takes place the last full weekend in February.
GRE scores are not required for the PhD application. If submitted, they will not be considered.
Information for international students
For students whose first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The only exception is for non-native English speakers who completed the entirety of their undergraduate degree (four years) in an English-speaking country within the last five years. You’ll need to enter your self-reported TOEFL scores in the online application and send your official electronic TOEFL scores to the University of Minnesota (institution code 6874). View the U of M’s TOEFL score guidelines and expectations. Please note that the Institute of Child Development requires a TOEFL speak score of 27 or higher.