Health Psychology Admissions

All applications to the Ph.D. program must be submitted via the VCU admissions portal.

Please note that there is not a separate application for the program or department. General information about graduate study at VCU can be obtained from VCU Graduate School.

The deadline for applications is January 10.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on a number of dimensions, including past research experience and accomplishments, academic record, letters of recommendation, essay describing research interests and fit with mentor.

You do not need a degree in psychology to apply to the Health program. People with many types of backgrounds can be admitted to the health psychology program; however, a background in a health care or a public health field would be especially appropriate. If your degree is in a field other than psychology, it would be helpful if you have had at least 18 semester hours of psychology-related courses, including introductory psychology, health psychology, research methods and statistics.

Identifying a potential mentor is recommended but not required.

Additional details about admission requirements are available in the VCU Bulletin.

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