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Students can choose a concentration in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or social/personality psychology. The University requires a minimum of 75 hours of coursework. The specific program requirements include: three credit hours of a doctoral proseminar, nine hours of core research methods courses, twelve hours of core psychological sciences courses, nine hours of advanced electives, independent study research hours, and dissertation hours. For more information, see the degree plan.


The graduate catalog provides an overview of course descriptions.




LabA major component of doctoral study is active involvement in research that is assessed by completion of a series of research projects: a qualifying thesis, which is completed during the first two years of graduate study, and a dissertation, which students complete in the subsequent two to three years.


Please see the Guidelines for the Completion of Qualifying Theses and Dissertations for more information about program deadlines and student responsibilities for meeting these deadlines.  The BBS Graduate Student Guide also provides detailed information on dissertation proposal and defense procedures.


Students are responsible for keeping track of the deadlines for the various research projects, downloading and completing forms and reports, acquiring necessary signatures and submitting the appropriate forms to the Academic Support Coordinator and Research Committee.


Please remember that all documents should be submitted to committee members at least two weeks before meeting with your committee. Committees should be convened prior to these dates to meet these deadlines. These dates reflect when completed paperwork should be submitted to the Academic Support Coordinator.

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Research LabBBS Annual Report

Each May, students should submit the BBS Annual Report detailing scholarly activities and accomplishments for the previous year. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor to review their annual report in advance of the due date. The final version should be submitted to the Academic Support Coordinator as well as to the student’s advisor.


During May or June of each year, faculty review the annual reports and each students’ progress is evaluated.  Each student will receive a letter summarizing the student’s evaluation, including discussion of strengths and weaknesses in the program. These evaluation decisions determine whether student funding is continued for the following academic year and also affect opportunities for summer teaching assignments that are sometimes available. The BBS Graduate Student Guide has additional information about the consequences for failing to maintain satisfactory progress.


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If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed within the linked documents, please contact the Program Head or the Academic Support Coordinator.


Program Head

Shayla Holub, PhD

email [email protected]

For Additional Program Information

Psychological Sciences Doctoral Program

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41
Richardson, TX 75080

email [email protected]

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BBS and Program Guides

BBS Graduate Student Guide
Psychological Sciences PhD Degree Plan



Qualifying Thesis Forms

Qualifying Thesis Committee Membership
Qualifying Thesis Proposal Approval
Qualifying Thesis Final Approval
Public Presentation of Research Project


Dissertation Forms

Dissertation Committee Membership
Dissertation Proposal Approval
Dissertation Proposal Public Presentation
Request Final Oral Exam


Contracts and Progress Reports

Guidelines for the Completion of Qualifying Theses and Dissertations

BBS Annual Report Template

Independent Study Contract

Milestones Agreement Form


Other Forms

In Absentia Registration
PhD Research Small Grants Program
Request for Extension

Request for Travel Funds

18 Characteristics of the Psychological Sciences Degree Program

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