Admissions to the Psychology PhD Program
Faculty Accepting Psychology PhD Students for 2017 with a Health Psychology Emphasis
Michael Hoerger, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Oncology
Applying for Admission
Applications must be submitted through the on-line application system
. To be considered for admission, all of the following documents must be received by the School of Science and Engineering by December 1.
- Completed application form
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended and of any previous graduate work completed (Note: Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admission consideration; enrollment at the University is contingent upon official transcripts)
- Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical; the Advanced Test in Psychology is recommended but not required)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, or the equivalent, for applicants whose native language is not English
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Do you require the GRE general test and/or the GRE subject area test in psychology?
A: Only the GRE general test is required. However, if you were not a psychology major or if you attended a university or college that is not well known, a high score on the psychology area subject test may help verify your preparation for the PhD curriculum.
Q: Do I need an M.A. or M.S. for admission to the Ph.D.?
A: No more than 20% of students entering the PhD program in the past 10 years previously earned a graduate degree.
Q: What are the typical credentials of an entering student?
A: Average GRE scores of students entering in the past 5 years were V=159; Q=153, and the average entering GPA was 3.60.
Q: I have some graduate-level credits. Will they transfer if I am admitted?
A: It depends. Faculty who teach similar courses will examine your syllabi and make a recommendation to our Graduate Training Committee. If you receive an offer of admission, you are welcome to ascertain what will transfer prior to making a decision about entering our programs.
Q: Do you have APA-accredited programs in clinical or counseling psychology?
A: No, this program is for students pursuing research careers in health psychology. Students interested in license-eligible clinical careers should review the APA publication Graduate Study in Psychology to find universities that offer those degree programs.
Q: Can I be admitted to earn a terminal master's degree?
A: No. Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program, and earn a master's degree en route.