The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech offers a doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. in psychology. Students may concentrate in one of four areas: Biological Psychology, Clinical Science, Developmental Science, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in psychology en route to the Ph.D., but the Department does not offer a terminal M.S. degree in any area. Applications from students with either bachelors or advanced degrees are welcomed. Although the graduate curriculum is organized into four specialty areas, all share the same philosophy: to assure that all graduate students are provided with the conceptual, quantitative, and methodological skills necessary to solve theoretical and applied problems.

Information for Current Students

Information for Prospective Students

  • GRE Policy for Fall 2022 Admissions
    • For applicants to the Biological Psychology, Clinical Science, and Developmental Science training programs, GRE scores will neither be required nor accepted.
    • For applicants to the Industrial/Organizational Psychology training program, GRE scores will be required. Report them directly to Virginia Tech. The ETS Institution Code is 5859.
    • All applicants, regardless of training area, are evaluated holistically. 
  • If you prefer to mail hard copies of any materials, the Department of Psychology Address is:

Graduate Application Coordinator
Department of Psychology
109 Williams Hall
Virginia Tech (0436)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office.

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by December 1 for the Biological Psychology, Clinical Science, and Developmental Science training areas, and by January 1 for Industrial/Organizational.  Applications are reviewed following the deadline and offers of admission are typically made during the spring for the following fall.