Admissions to the Psychology PhD Program
Applying for Admission
Applications must be submitted through the online 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.
Faculty Accepting Health Psychology PhD Students for 2019
Michael Hoerger, PhD, MSCR
, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Oncology, accepting students interested in psycho-oncology and palliative care
- 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, 15% 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: GRE scores typically range from 154-159, and GPAs typically range from 3.60 to 4.00.
Q: I have some graduate-level credits. Will they transfer if I am admitted?
A: Often several courses transfer, but 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 not apply. Instead, 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.