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Prospective Students

We Welcome Your Application

Ph.D. study requires a major commitment of time and resources and includes field research leading to a dissertation. Typically it takes six to seven years to complete. Prospective students are always welcome to visit the program, sit in on classes, and talk with professors and students to find out if you might be a good fit with the program.

There are a few requirements for applicants:

  • Students entering the program are required to have taken and passed an undergraduate statistics course within the previous five years, with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Applicants to the program must take the Graduate Record Examination General Test, including the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical sections. Applicants are not required to take any specific GRE Subject Test.
  • The TOEFEL test is required of those for whom English is not a first language.


Everything Counts: Academic Record and Experience in the World

It is characteristic of the Environmental Psychology program that both faculty and students make up the admissions committee. In general, applicants are expected to understand what it might mean to study problems and issues from an environmental psychology perspective and to demonstrate through past work or current interests a dedication to working across disciplines. Further, a familiarity is expected with thinking both theoretically and methodologically.


The Life of an Environmental Psychology Student

The Environmental Psychology program is research-based and provides a range of learning experiences, combining social theory, field research methods and policy application. The curriculum is structured to provide a basis for completing required benchmarks, and yet flexible to account for the wide range of individual student interests. This means working closely with an advisor to balance required coursework, elective seminars, working groups, independent studies, research, and practicum experiences. Although most students take a full program of coursework as a cohort, some proceed at a different pace.


Application Process

To apply to the Environmental Psychology program, you will need to apply through the Graduate Center website. Please read the Graduate Center admission requirements for more information

The deadline for Fall enrollment is December 1st; there is no Spring enrollment. The is GRE required to enter any Psychology program at the Graduate Center. GRE subject tests are only required for Clinical Psychology at City and John Jay.

For more information about applying to and visiting the Environmental Psychology program, please contact Professor David Chapin (

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