This renowned teaching and research program has received applications submitted by students around the country who have a diverse background as well as a varied range of research interests. A large number of students have a background in psychology but others have degrees in public health, communications, sociology, nutrition, business administration, biology, microbiology, applied math, medicine, and even music and theater.

Applications are due December 1st. There are no spring term admissions.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of a baccalaureate from an accredited institution is required. Proficiency in the English language is essential. Students selected must meet minimum requirements for admission to the University (overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0).

All international students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores even if they received a master’s degree from an English speaking country. Students who receive a minimum Internet-based TOEFL, with no less than 20 on each sub-score, or IELTS score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band test, will be exempted from taking USC International Student English Exam. When requesting that scores be sent to USC, the University’s ETS code of 4852 must be used. The department does not have a separate code.

The application package consists of the following documents submitted online:

  • Application and application fee
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants)
  • Three letters of reference (two must be academic references)
  • A statement of interest (1-2 pages). The statement should include a description of your interest in the program and your career goals. It could also include the ways in which your experiences and/or coursework have influenced your development and interest in this field.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

An application fee of $90 for both domestic and international students is also required. There is no separate application for the doctoral program. Complete the on-line application and follow the directions for payment of the fee and submission of documents.