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Application Checklist for the Doctoral Program in Cognitive Psychology

Students interested in applying to the Doctoral Program in Cognitive Psychology should submit the following materials on or before January 15th:

  • Pre-Application: All applicants to graduate programs in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University must complete the departmental pre-application first at: https://psy.psych.colostate.edu/GradApp/. An application to Colorado State University is not completed until an applicant is admitted to the program.

  • GS Form 4B: In order to be considered for a fellowship, traineeship, research assistantship, or teaching assistantship, you must complete GS Form 4B.

  • Transcripts: One official transcript is required from all colleges or universities attended. Where possible, have the institutions furnish official transcripts in sealed envelopes. The transcript(s) should be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, Department of Psychology, 1876 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876.

  • Three letters of recommendation: Ask three persons to write letters of recommendation concerning your abilities and potential for graduate study. These letters should be written by professors or other professionals with whom you have worked recently or who know you well. You will be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of these referees during the application process.

  • GRE scores: All applicants must upload official scores from the general test portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores from the GRE Psychology Subject Test are optional..

  • Vita or resume: A vita or resume should be included which lists your educational background, relevant work experience and training, research experience, and any publications or presentations for which you appear as an author.

  • Statement of interest: You should also submit a statement of interest that describes how you became interested in cognitive psychology, your training goals in our Program, and why you are pursuing a career in cognitive psychology. Because we follow a mentorship model, you should be as explicit as possible in indicating your research interests and the faculty member or members with whom you wish to work.

  • Scientific writing sample: It is also recommended (but not required) that you submit a sample of your scientific writing, such as a senior honor's thesis, a term paper from a psychology course, a laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material.

General information on applying for graduate study in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University can be found here: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Psychology/apply.shtml.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and complies with all federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements in all programs. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services Building. In order to assist Colorado State University in meeting its affirmative action responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women, and other protected class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify themselves.

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