Admission Requirements

Admission to the Basic and Applied Social Psychology area within the Department of Psychology will be based on a comprehensive/holistic review of each candidate's complete application package. Please also visit Psychology's Admissions and Aid page and the Office of Admissions.

The admissions’ committee review will be based on the following components:

  • Personal/Research Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Transcript

The faculty evaluate your application materials to assess your overall promise for a successful career in research, teaching, and/or contributions to applied contexts.  Although we value and use a comprehensive assessment, certain components of your application materials are better suited to communicating particular strengths.  

Personal Statement.  The Personal statement should describe succinctly your preparation for this field of study, research interests, anticipated future career plans, reasons for applying to BASP, and other aspects of your background and interests that may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your potential and motivation for graduate study. Please be sure to specifically address the following as these will be the criteria upon which your personal statement will be evaluated.

  • Research experience, training, and skills you have gained.
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously on individual research projects, within a team setting, and/or in the context of other research roles you have held.
  • Perseverance in the face of academic or research challenges.
  • Fit with BASP’s philosophy, approach to training, and overall program.  Please be sure to address this point beyond your identification of specific faculty with whom you are interested in working.
  • Diversity contributions.  Because we deeply value diverse questions, viewpoints, and approaches we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community of scholars in BASP.  Please provide information about how your admission to BASP would contribute to this goal. 
  • We recognize that diversity is multifaceted and may include culture; socioeconomic status; educational background; race; ethnicity; gender; sexual orientation; region, political orientation or affiliation; physical ability; or other aspects of one’s identity or life experiences.
  • Note:  If applicable, please add relevant personal, financial, or institutional obstacles or hardships that you have had to overcome to achieve success.

Letters of Recommendation.  Applicants need three recommendations from faculty or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your potential for graduate work.  Your recommender should describe his or her relationship with you, address your suitability for graduate study in BASP, and highlight any notable experiences with you that would enhance the comprehensive evaluation of your application package.

Transcript.  Although there are no course requirements for admission,
all applicants should have sufficient foundational knowledge and research experience to engage in graduate-level coursework and research.  Importantly, we will be mindful of institutional differences in access to resources and opportunities as we evaluate your transcript in order to ensure institutional diversity in our admitted class.  Be sure to highlight in your personal/research statement any successes or challenges evident in your transcript that may benefit from further explanation.

We accept students who hold undergraduate degrees as well as those who have both undergraduate and master's degrees. An undergraduate major in psychology is not required; BASP welcomes applicants from other academic backgrounds.

GRE.  Although the Graduate Center administratively requires applicants include general GRE scores in the application process for the Psychology program, the Basic and Applied Social Psychology area does not use the general or subject GRE in our comprehensive evaluation of your application. Put another way, your GRE scores will not be included as part of the evaluation of your application.