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College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology (PhD) – Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences

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Application Requirements

On-Campus Program


Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.

Fall (Sept.)Winter (Jan.)Spring (March)Summer (June)
U.S. StudentsDec. 1N/AN/AN/A
International StudentsDec. 1N/AN/AN/A


For details regarding the items below please refer to the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) Psychology PhD Application Instructions.

Complete the Drexel University Online Application. Do not complete Drexel's general Electronic Letter of Recommendation form. Doing so may delay the processing of your application. Contact information for your recommenders should only be submitted using the Drexel Psychology Letters of Recommendation form.

Current and former Drexel University graduate students should not complete the general Drexel online application, but do need to follow all other instructions below, including the submission of transcripts and standardized test scores (unless already submitted), psychology online application, and letters of recommendation contact information.

  • Graduate Admission Application

    We prefer that you apply online to Drexel. Apply now:

    Apply Online

  • Transcripts

    Provide transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

  • Standardized Test Scores

    GRE test scores are required; minimum score varies.

    The GRE Psychology subject test recommended.

    TOEFL scores are required for international applicants or applicants who earned a degree outside the U.S. (minimum scores: 100/600/250). Scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores. IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required. You must submit your letters of recommendation and provide contact information for all three of your evaluators through the Drexel Psychology Letters of Recommendation form. Your evaluators will then be notified of your application and given instructions on how to submit your letter electronically.

    Do not use Drexel University's general electronic recommendation form, and do not mail hard copies of the letters to Drexel.

    Please refer to the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) Psychology PhD Application Instructions to access the Drexel Psychology Letters of Recommendation form.

  • I-20 Application and Supporting Financial Documents (international applicants only)

    Print and complete the I-20 Application Form [PDF] and submit it with your supplemental materials.

  • Interview

    Interviews are by invitation only, and will be conducted in person by the Psychology PhD programs in February.

  • Psychology Department Online Application

    The following items must be submitted using the Psychology Department Online Application. Please refer to the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) Psychology PhD Application Instructions to access the Psychology Department Online Application:

    • A personal statement (up to 9,000 characters) that discusses and integrates your research experiences and interests, and how these fit into the Drexel program and into a specific faculty member or research group's work in particular.
    • Curriculum vitae/résumé

Mailing Addresses

  • By Postal Mail
    Drexel University
    Application Processing
    PO Box 34789
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-4789
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    Drexel University
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    3141 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

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