How to Apply

All labs are considering recruiting Ph.D. students for the 2018 academic year.

Exceptional Psychology Master's applicants will also be considered. Please contact your intended advisor before applying.

How Does This Work?

Begin Your I/O Ph.D. Application by Clicking Here

Before you apply, you might want to read this technical information about our program and see our "official" website at ODU.

After that, the application process at ODU is pretty straightforward:

  • Put together your materials and submit them through the online portal before the application deadline. You can reach this portal through the big blue button above.
    • The application is a little wonky, but eventually you will see an Academic Interest section where you specify what program you want to apply to and a Supplemental Materials section where you upload required documents (see below).
    • You can find this year's application deadline by checking this link, but it's always either in late December or early January for the following academic year starting in August.
    • We do not accept applications on a rolling basis; new Ph.D. students always start in August.
    • If you have any trouble navigating the application process or have any questions about it, contact the Psychology Department Graduate Program Director.
  • Some time in February, applicants who have made it to the "short list" will be notified about an on-campus recruiting event. At this event, you'll meet the I/O faculty, the current I/O students, and the graduate program director, and you'll learn a whole lot of information about what life as an I/O graduate student at ODU will be like.
    • Any student that has received neither an invitation to this event nor an email indicating they have been rejected by the end of February has been waitlisted.
  • All invitations will be extended and either accepted or declined by April 15, which is a date agreed upon by all members of the Council of Graduate Schools, of which ODU is a member.

Application Requirements

Applications require all of the following components:

  • GRE General Test, which you will need to have taken within the last five years and will also need to have sent directly from ETS
  • GRE Psychology Subject Test, required if you don't have a Bachelor's of Psychology and recommended for everyone else
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from former lab supervisors or other professors
  • A personal statement (essay) outlining why you are applying to our program and how you are qualified
  • A curriculum vitae (your academic resumé)
  • A sample of your writing (i.e., the most impressive academic writing you've ever done)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary (community college, college, trade school, etc.) institutions you have attended, which will need to be sent from those institutions (your most recent college GPA must be at least 3.00 or your application will not be considered)
  • If you are not a US citizen or if you are a non-native speaker of English, there are additional requirements, which you can find here

You'll upload all of the documents you write through the online portal linked above.