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Psychology JD/PhD Application Instructions

To be admitted to the joint program, all students must satisfy admissions requirements of both schools. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university. They must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); the GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended, but not required. Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended. The program does not enroll students for part-time or evening study.

Admission to the program is highly competitive - only two students are typically admitted each year. Thus, a critical factor for admission is excellent performance on the GRE and LSAT. Generally, applicants are required to have a GRE above 1300 (prior scoring system) or 315 (new scoring system), an LSAT score above 160, and a GPA above 3.5. Nevertheless, admission decisions are not made solely on the basis of test scores. The program seeks diversity in all its many meanings, and such diversity is achievable only if real-life experience and accomplishment are valued as highly as an exceptional percentile ranking. Preference in admission is given to qualified applicants who wish to pursue the scientist-professional model of training, combining research and practice in law and psychology, and to applicants who have some prior experience in those areas.

Apply online at The application deadline is December 1st, 2020. Before applying, please view the list of faculty members accepting students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Required Materials Checklist

Online Application which includes:

  • Essay - Write an essay that addresses the following two objectives – please be sure to cover all questions listed inside each objective:  (1) The specific research area and questions you would like to pursue in graduate school. Why are these questions important and why are they of interest to you? How does this line of research fit with specific faculty members' or research groups' work at Drexel? What skills and experiences of yours will facilitate your graduate work?  (2) Tell us how our program will specifically lead to the next step in your career. *Your essay cannot exceed 9,000 characters (approximately 1,500 words).
  • Essay - Our program values diversity. Please tell us how you might contribute to the diversity of our program as well as any relevant multicultural experiences. Please limit response to 200 words or less.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • GPA
  • GRE: Our program has made the GRE General Test optional for the fall 2021 admission cycle. You may submit scores if you have them, and they will be considered by the admissions committee.  Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration.
  • GRE Scores: Official copies of GRE scores may be sent to Drexel (code 2194); Psychology subject test recommended. For all questions about GREs and GRE score reports, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at or 215.895.2400.
  • Three letters of recommendation – You must provide contact information for all three of your evaluators through the Application Form. Your evaluators will then be notified of your application to our program and given instructions on how to submit your letter of recommendation electronically. You will be limited to three evaluators.
  • Official Transcript - Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted electronically to or in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Mailing addresses can be found at

For international students or applicants who earned a degree outside of the U.S.

  • Minimum TOEFL 100/600/250 – scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores (IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores)
  • I-20 Application and supporting financial documents

Interview (if selected) – In February, the PhD programs in psychology conduct two days of in-person interviews, by invitation only.

LSAT Scores & LSDAS Registration: All applicants are required to register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). The LSDAS will provide a report to the Kline School of Law containing information important in the admission process. Visit the Law School Admission Council website for more information and to register. Among other things, this report will include your LSAT scores.

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Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!