About This Program
The Psychological Science Ph.D. program offers a rigorous curriculum, expert faculty and hands-on research opportunities that will prepare you for a successful career in academia or industry. Whether your interests lie in cognitive psychology, neuroscience or social psychology, you'll receive personalized guidance and support to help you achieve your goals. Read more...
Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries*
Psychologists, all other
- 2.3% slower than the average
- 19,800 number of jobs
- $105,780 potential earnings
Psychology teachers, postsecondary
- 8.8% much faster than the average
- 46,800 number of jobs
- $78,180 potential earnings
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
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- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
- Minimum junior-senior 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
- 18 credit hours in psychology, including a course in statistics
- Broad background in psychology
- Official transcript(s)
- GRE scores (effective for fall 2024 admission term, GRE scores will no longer be required)
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score
- Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score
- Minimum 82 MELAB score
- Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 65 PTE score
- Minimum 120 Duolingo English score
Admission to the Ph.D. degree is limited to students whose records clearly indicate both scholarly and research potential to do doctoral-level work.
Admitted students to the Ph.D. who would like to declare the Quantitative Methods of Psychology concentration must meet the following admission requirements:
- Good academic standing
- Written approval of the student’s primary advisor
- Completion of PSYC 61651 and PSYC 61654 with an A grade or an approved waiver of this criterion based on equivalent prior coursework
- Identification and written acceptance of a quantitative mentor from the list of department quantitative faculty
- Fall Semester
- Application deadline: December 1
Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of the current theories and significant empirical findings in a major area of psychological science. Mastery includes acquiring both an understanding of these materials as well as the ability to think critically about them.
- Teach courses in psychological science.
- Supervise and mentor undergraduate students in both research settings and in the classroom.
- Design, execute, analyze and report empirical studies that make a significant contribution in a major area of psychological science.
The Ph.D. degree in Psychological Science offers doctoral education and training in psychological science, with specializations in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and health psychology. The curriculum and other aspects of training offered by the Department of Psychological Sciences prepare students for careers in research and teaching. The program is strongly research-oriented.
The Psychological Science major includes the following optional concentration:
- The Quantitative Methods of Psychology optional concentration trains individuals in some of the more recent developments of statistical science and, particularly, the application of these developments to real-world psychological data. One unique feature of the concentration is the focus on the application of quantitative methods in psychological research; although department faculty members have expertise in an area of statistics, they also conduct research in a substantive area of psychology. The concentration is intended for those students who intend to pursue academic careers, wherein the use of advanced quantitative methods in one’s own program of research is highly valued, and who also intend to teach undergraduate or graduate courses in statistical methods.