University of Wyoming
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6303
We only admit students one time per year.
Our graduate students begin their programs of study in the fall semester.
Although our graduate programs technically consist of separate master's and doctoral degree components, only students who are applying for, and who expect to complete, the doctoral program are considered for admission. That is, we do not offer a terminal master's degree.
Prospective students apply directly to the Department of Psychology
for admission by sending us a packet of application materials.
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Application materials include the application, a ONE to TWO page personal statement, official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts, official GRE scores (general and advanced psychology subject) the school code for UW is 4855 and the department code for psychology is 2016, and three letters of recommendation. Transcripts and letters of recommendation can be sent directly to the department but they must be sealed in separate envelopes and signed across the envelope seal.
Please send all application materials to:
Psychology Department Graduate Admissions
1000 E. University Ave.
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071
The Clinical and Experimental Admissions Committees meet in late January and develop a short-list of students who appear to fit well with our program. Students on the short list receive a phone call from one of our faculty and are invited to come to campus for our Graduate Recruitment Days in late February. The Recruiting Days give prospective students a chance to see the campus and to interact with other graduate students and departmental faculty.
Students who are offered admission to our graduate program and who accept our offer will be asked to complete an official application for graduate study. An application fee of $50 is required at this phase of the admission process. Only students who are admitted to our program and accept our offer to attend the University of Wyoming need to complete this phase of the admissions process.
Applicants are considered for graduate assistantships at the time of admission. Graduate students typically receive some departmental financial support for the first four years.
Information for Post-Masters Applicants
We occasionally admit students who have completed an MA or MS degree in psychology (or a closely related field). If a student's master's degree program included an empirical thesis, that thesis may be accepted as satisfying our program's empirical thesis requirement, pending the outcome of a review to determine if the thesis is comparable to those produced in our department. If a thesis is accepted as satisfying our requirement, up to 21 hours may be transferred to the doctoral program of study. However, exemption from our required courses is made on a case-by-case basis, following a review of course syllabi, approval by the relevant course instructors, and review by the relevant program (clinical or experimental) Transfer/Substitution Committee. Post masters students whose MA or MS programs did not include an empirical thesis (or whose empirical theses are not judged comparable to those from UW) will be required to conduct an empirical thesis as part of our program's MS degree (earned en-route to the PhD in our program). In these cases, only 9 hours of previous graduate work will be applied to the UW master's degree program of study. For more information regarding this policy, please refer to the UW Department of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
Application Procedure for International Students
The application and admission procedures for international students are more complex than for students who are citizens of the United States. At the time of application, the international student must provide transcripts that are in English (or have English translations attached), GRE scores, and TOEFL score. If the student's application is successful, then he or she must complete a statement of financial security verifying that support funds are guaranteed. Usually, the amount guaranteed is about $8,000 (U.S.) per year of study. If the international student is awarded financial support through the university, (Graduate Assistant, non-resident tuition waiver, etc.) the amount of the award can be included as part of the guaranteed funds.
International applicants should visit the website http://www.uwyo.edu/iss/ for more information on obtaining your student visa. This site also contains useful information for continuing international students.