Applying to the Graduate Program in Psychological and Brain Sciences
The evaluation of applications to our graduate program is based on many factors. They include both "objective" indicators, such as required GRE scores and undergraduate GPA, and more subjective information, such as a statement of purpose, a description of your background and experience, and letters of recommendation. To select among the top candidates, we rely on letters of recommendation to provide a personal assessment of your potential for graduate work by faculty mentors and advisors who know you well. Often we ask candidates to visit the department so we can meet one another and discuss our mutual interests and goals.
We seek students who have demonstrated a commitment to psychological science as a career. Many applicants have completed undergraduate concentrations in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Biology, or Neuroscience, but other related majors could also provide the needed background. Successful applicants often have research experience as undergraduates. Various abilities and skills contribute to success in graduate school, including the ability to express ideas clearly, a curious and creative intellect, and mathematical and computational ability. Evidence of these skills in your application is especially helpful in the graduate admissions process.
If you have any questions about the application process, you may contact Laura Dalrymple, Academic Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-516-6175.
Visiting Johns Hopkins University
The Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office typically offers a tour of the campus every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Applicants should check the ‘Visit Us’ webpage to verify the scheduled tour prior to arrival. A student-produced online tour of our campus can also be found here.
For a visit to our department, interested applicants should contact Laura Dalrymple at email@example.com . We ask that prospective graduate students contact our office at least two weeks before a visit.
Graduate Admissions Process
Answers to frequently asked questions about the application process can be found here. After reading the FAQ page, if you have further questions, please contact the Admissions Office by using their contact form.
All applicants are required to complete the online application. Upon starting an application, applicants will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. This email contains a PIN (personal identification number) and password, generated by the online application system. This PIN and password are necessary for accessing the ApplyYourself/Hobsons application, to monitor the application’s status and to view the receipt of supplemental materials.
Applicants are urged to submit all required supplementary materials electronically; doing so will avoid delays in processing the prospective student’s admissions file.
A complete application consists of the following (details are provided by clicking on each link):
- Online application
- Application Fee
- Statement of purpose
- Letters of recommendation
- GRE Scores
A Mailing Label and Cover Sheet is required for all materials submitted by mail or delivery service. Once an applicant has submitted an application an email will be sent to the applicant with the ApplyYourself Application ID. It is best to always include the PIN number and, once received the ID number, on the Cover Sheet.
Note: The Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office only accepts regular mail, Certified Mail, UPS, DHL and FedEx deliveries.
If you are experiencing problems accessing the on-line application or supporting forms, please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office using their contact form.
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