Doctor of Philosophy in Psychological Sciences


The PhD in Psychological Sciences degree program is an experimental psychology program that prepares students for leadership roles in research and teaching. Our program offers training in developmental, cognitive and social/personality psychology with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and tailored training experiences that adapt to the specific needs of each student.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Researcher in hospitals, school systems, research institutes, not-for-profit organizations and private sector and professor in private or public college or university.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Admission to a doctoral program is based on a review of the applicant's transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and narrative description of research interests and career goals. In addition to academic requirements, the admissions committee weighs heavily the match between the applicant's research interests and the research areas available to students in the school. For information about faculty research interests, see our web pages at

GPA: Required

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores required.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidateā€™s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines:Ā Applications for admission are due December 1. Students are accepted for the Fall semester only.