Graduate Admissions and Requirements
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The Graduate Field of Psychology includes 39 faculty members from departments across the university including Psychology, Human Development, and Neurobiology and Behavior. Only Ph.D. candidates are admitted. The Field does not have an M.A. program. The goal of the Field is to educate students to become researchers, scholars, and teachers who will contribute to the future of psychology as a scientific discipline in academic or other research-oriented settings.
We do not offer training in clinical psychology, counseling, school psychology, community psychology, industrial psychology, or clinical neuropsychology. Applicants with primary interests in these subjects are not admitted.
How to Apply
Application will require:
- Unofficial transcript of the undergraduate record
- Three letters of recommendation which your recommender will upload to the application.
- Academic Statement of Purpose:
Describe (within 1000 words) the substantive research questions you are interested in pursuing during your graduate studies, and explain how our program would help you achieve your intellectual goals. Additionally, detail your academic background, intellectual interests and any training or research experience you have received that you believe has prepared you for our program. Within your statement, please also identify specific faculty members whose research interests align with you own interests.
- Personal statement of interest
Please describe (within 1000 words) how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Additionally, provide insight on your potential to contribute to a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect where scholars representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and work productively and positively together. We also encourage you to include information on any of the following areas:
- How your personal, academic, and/or professional experiences demonstrate your ability to be both persistent and resilient especially when navigating challenging circumstances.
- How you engage with others and have facilitated and/or participated in productive teams.
- How you have experienced or come to understand the barriers faced by others whose experiences and backgrounds may differ from your own.
- If relevant, how your research interests focus on issues related to diversity, inclusion, access, inequality, and/or equity.
- Your service and/or leadership in efforts to advance diversity, inclusion, access, and equity especially by those from backgrounds historically underrepresented and/or marginalized.
- Additional context around any perceived gaps or weaknesses in your academic record (including, but not limited to, personal and family struggles with unemployment and health as a result of the pandemic,systemic discrimination and the fight for civil rights, and any other situational factors that may have impacted achievements throughout your life).
NOTE: Applicants are not required to submit scores on the GRE; GRE subject test in psychology, or to have had an undergraduate major in psychology for the 2021 application process. Prior research experience is highly desirable; applicants may submit research reports or work. Persons whose primary interests lie in clinical, counseling, industrial, or school psychology should not apply.
The closing date for applications is December 1, 2020. For any questions our concerns please email our Graduate Field representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Field Structure
At Cornell, graduate study is organized using a field structure. Fields are composed of faculty members from a number of departments who come together around a shared intellectual interest, and may draw from different campuses or colleges. Graduate students are admitted to fields of study. Within each field, they select major and minor subjects, which are research interests or concentrations.
Fields span departments and even disciplines. It’s possible for a student in the field of economics to include faculty on his or special committee from industrial labor and economics, civil and environmental engineering, and sociology along with the more traditional economics and management.
For example, the Graduate Field of Psychology includes faculty from
- human development (College of Human Ecology)
- neurobiology and behavior (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Arts & Sciences)
- industrial and labor relations (School of Industrial and Labor Relations)
- nutritional science (College of Human Ecology)
Click here for the complete "Fields of Study, Subjects, and Concentrations" in PDF form.
Director of Graduate Studies: Professor David A. Pizarro
Graduate Field Assistant: Pamela A. Cunningham
211 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853