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LabThe admissions committee evaluates applications according to a variety of criteria, including prior GPA, letters of recommendation, quantitative and verbal scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and a close examination of the personal statement. We are particularly interested in learning about your prior research and professional experiences, your commitment to scholarship, and current research interests. Admission is contingent on a match between student research interests and faculty research activities.  Please review faculty research interests to determine if there is an appropriate faculty match for your research interests.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members about current opportunities for research and admission. Some faculty may not be accepting new students during specific time periods.


Requirements for PhD Program Application
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE: quantitative and verbal test scores of 305 or higher is desirable.
  • Completion of undergraduate degree in psychology or related major is advisable. Completion of a master’s degree is not required. Applicants without a prior degree in psychology should contact the program head for prerequisite coursework.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • A statement of purpose  outlining your past research experience, your career goals, and your research interests. The statement of purpose is an extremely important part of your application.


To submit an application:


  • Psychological Sciences PhD program applications and all supporting documents are due by December 1.


The UT Dallas graduate admissions page will help guide you through the process. You can check your status using the University’s Orion program. If you’ve been accepted into the program, please read the University’s steps after admission page.


Psychological Sciences Doctoral Program

ATTN: Psychological Sciences Program Office

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



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summary of degree requirements


Research LabStudents are expected to complete the program coursework and research requirements in four to five years. The research requirements include a qualifying thesis research project and a dissertation research project.


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. View the complete degree plan.


The graduate catalog provides an overview of course descriptions.


For more information, please see Information for Current Students.

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