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Graduate Program

The Department of Psychology offers graduate study leading to the M.A. degree in Psychological Sciences (including social, cognitive, and biological psychology) and in Developmental Psychology, and to the Ph.D. degree in Psychological Sciences, Developmental Psychology, and Clinical Psychology. We believe that a quality graduate education involves close working relationships between faculty and individual students. A high faculty-to-student ratio and small class size characterize our graduate programs. In addition, each student works with at least one faculty member as a means of gaining valuable teaching, research and professional experience. There are many opportunities for individualized study and experience in research directed readings, and supervised teaching. A committee, representing the student’s interests, assists in planning an appropriate graduate program for each student.

Clinical Graduate Program applications are due by December 1st.

Developmental Graduate Program applications and Psychological Sciences Graduate Program applications are due by December 31st.

Research Facilities

The Department of Psychology occupies the third floor of Little Hall, with additional research space in North and South Stevens Halls. The Department also operates its own laboratory preschool, the Child Study Center, which offers the opportunity for applied experience and research with a population of three-to-five-year-old children. The Department’s Psychological Services Center serves as the community mental health facility for Orono and surrounding communities. Additional research and applied experiences are possible in several departments at the Eastern Maine Medical Center. Good relations exist with the local public schools for research opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

We are looking for well-qualified students who have a broad undergraduate background as well as psychology courses, laboratory courses in experimental psychology, a good science, math and computer background, and a course or more in statistics. All of the following documents and information must be received before an applicant can be considered for admission: 1) University application form, 2) Departmental application, 3) GRE scores – verbal, quantitative and analytical, 4) Three letters of reference, preferably from those who are familiar with your work in psychology, 5) Transcripts of all previous college education.

We look for a GPA above 3.5 and Verbal and Quantitative scores above 150. We are flexible about these scores, but the overall picture from GPA, GRE, letters of reference and personal statement needs to be convincing. The clinical program is more competitive, so your scores need to meet these requirements for consideration. Research experience and publications help.

Applicants need to submit two separate applications: (1) Graduate School application, available on the Graduate School website (; and (2) a separate Psychology Department Graduate Online Application.

Potential applicants to the department’s graduate programs should be aware that we receive many more applicants from well-qualified students than can possibly be admitted. In addition to grades, GREs and other factors, admission to any of our graduate programs also depends on matching a prospective student’s research interests to those of one or more members of our faculty. Thus, applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the information on faculty research interests available on this web site while preparing their application. Further, it is highly advisable for applicants to directly contact specific faculty members whose interests appear to match their own.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to students in the form of tuition scholarships and departmental assistantships. There are no assistantship application forms. Applicants who wish to be considered for assistantships should indicate this on the departmental application form. The Department makes every effort to secure funding for its graduate students in the form of graduate assistantships and stipends from certain off-campus practicum placements. Such funding, when available, typically applies to no more than four years of graduate training.

While we have been successful in supporting most of our students financially in recent years, no guarantees can be made because our resources are not always completely in place at the time that our student selection decisions are made. Applicants need to be prepared to underwrite some of their educational and living costs. When funding is available, it generally covers the academic year from September to May.

The American Psychological Association has a Minority Fellowship Program for which eligible individuals may compete; details are available from the Director of Clinical Training and from the APA.