Graduate Program

If you need assistance or accommodations throughout the application and admissions process, please reach out to us by emailing the Director of Graduate Studies, Jodie Plumert (, or calling the department office at 319-335-2406.

We are committed to doing what we can to be of assistance throughout your application process as you and your family focus on recovering.


The graduate program is designed for students seeking a doctorate in psychology. The program prepares students for careers in research, teaching, and related scholarly endeavors in academic, industrial, governmental, or medical settings. Our intent is to produce graduates who are deeply committed to the study of psychology, are familiar with fundamental knowledge in the discipline, and are well trained in the advanced methods and techniques that are used in the field today. 

Applying to the graduate program: A step-by-step guide

Step 1: Identify potential mentors by reviewing individual faculty and the different research groups with which they are affiliated to better understand the breadth and complementary nature of faculty research interests and how they fit with your own.  You can aso click within the word cloud of research tags to identify faculty associated with each research topic. You should feel free to contact individuals via email to explore fit and ask about opportunities for the upcoming year.  

Step 2: Fill out the University of Iowa online application through the admissions office . After this process is complete, an email will be sent to you about establishing your HawkID and password (if you do not currently have one).   Warning: It could take some time to receive your ID (e.g., up to 24 hours). Please be patient and feel free to check in with us if you have questions or do not not receive your ID. 

Step 3: When you have created your HawkID, you will be able to log into MyUI and submit your program-specific materials. These materials will include:

A) your statement of purpose
B) your transcript (unofficial is fine at this stage)
C) a current curriculum vita
D) the names and contact information for three letters of recommendation (letter writers will submit their letters electronically through the Office of Admissions application, a process that you will be able to monitor)
E) your GRE scores, which will be received through University of Iowa Admissions office (please use institution code 6681)
F) a set of questions about specific program interests, including the identification of one or more potential faculty mentors, and a choice of  training area if you know.*

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All materials must be received by December 1st for the fall term. 

*Graduate training in the department is organized through four training areas: behavioral and cognitive neuroscienceclinical sciencecognition, and social psychology. If you are uncertain about which training area fits best with your interests, you need not specify a training area when you apply.

More detailed help about this process, including screenshots, can be found on our application instructions page.  

Coordinator of Graduate Studies: Jodie Plumert