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We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, ancestries, races, colors, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have an identified research focus and a suitable research advisor in their area of specialization in order to be admitted to the CSD PhD program. All prospective applicants must send an email of intent, indicating their area of research interest and intended advisor, to the CSD PhD admission email address: csdphdadmissions@shrs.pitt.edu. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests align most closely with their own. 

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021. Application review will begin following the deadline. All applicants will be informed of admission decisions by April 1, 2021. 

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Selected applicants will be interviewed by faculty members as part of the admissions process. A final admission decision depends on the availability of a suitable research advisor and a vote of the CSD PhD admissions committee. 

All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS online application
  • Submit an essay stating career goals, specific research interests and experience, and clinical interests and experience.
  • Provide three letters of reference from individuals who are familiar with your background, work, and preparation for a PhD program.
  • Submit a current CV.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Additional requirements for international applicants

Additional Information

Prospective students who are interested in financial support should indicate this on their applications. Acceptance into the PhD program does not guarantee financial aid, but each admitted student is automatically put into a merit-based competition for available teaching assistantships, doctoral traineeships, and positions on research grants. These positions typically require 20 hours per week of research, teaching, or other service in exchange for a monthly stipend. For students with qualifying stipends, a scholarship typically covers at least partial tuition, fees, and individual medical insurance. The department’s Financial Aid Committee works with each admitted student’s adviser to secure a funding opportunity that is both academically and financially rewarding.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) scores are not required, however applicants may provide them voluntarily. If you would like your GRE included with your application please contact the SHRS Admissions Office.