General Information

Program/Degree
Psychology (PHD) 
Program Description

The program accepts applicants for PhD only. There is no terminal Master of Arts Program although on route a Master of Arts degree is obtained for the doctorate.

Our Department is part of the School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB), and is housed within the College of Science, in keeping with its strong research-oriented approach and scientifically-derived knowledge base. Psychology is by its very nature interdisciplinary, and its faculty and students interact and collaborate naturally with other MBB programs and departments—Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Speech, Language and Hearing Science—as well as with other academic units across campus.  The Psychology Department offers an exciting array of courses and research experiences and also provides many opportunities for students to serve in the broader University and Tucson community.  

Our graduate Ph.D. program provides concentrations of study in three distinct (although interacting) program areas: Clinical Psychology; Cognition and Neural Systems (CNS); and Social Psychology.   These graduate programs vary in specific contents and research methods, but all share basic goals that are compatible with our philosophy of training and the mission of our University as a Research I institution.

The department offers programs designed for students seeking completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in psychology. Concentrations are available in Clinical Psychology (clinical neuropsychology, psychopathology and affective disorders, family and health psychology); Cognition and Neural Systems (neurobiology of learning, memory and aging, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neurophysiology, cognitive psychology, including emphases in perception, memory, psycholinguistics, decision making, problem solving and cognitive development, cognitive neuropsychology, consciousness studies, environmental cognition, and knowledge representation) and Social Psychology (the self, motivation, culture, personality, social cognition, prejudice and stereotyping, racial, ethnic, and gender identity, attitudes and persuasion, health and coping).

Our faculty members are engaged in leading edge research in a large number of areas, as indicated by the volume and impact of their publications and their prominence in other ways.  Our research activities are fully integrated with our instructional activities.  Only a small number of Ph.D. students are admitted each year, enabling students to work closely with faculty members.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Psychology -

The department offers programs designed for students seeking completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in psychology. Concentrations are available in Clinical Psychology (clinical neuropsychology, psychopathology and affective disorders, family and health psychology); Cognition and Neural Systems (neurobiology of learning, memory and aging, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neurophysiology, cognitive psychology, including emphases in perception, memory, psycholinguistics, decision making, problem solving and cognitive development, cognitive neuropsychology, consciousness studies, environmental cognition, and knowledge representation); and Social Psychology (the self, motivation, culture, personality, social cognition, prejudice and stereotyping, racial, ethnic, and gender identity, attitudes and persuasion, health and coping) .

 
College
College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Beth Owens
520-621-7445
Graduate Program Coordinator
Beth Owens
520-621-7445
Director of Graduate Studies
John JB Allen
520-621-7448
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
520-626-1930
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  1. GPA 3.0

  2. Statement of purpose

  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors - 2 of whom are psychologists

  4. A match between faculty and student interests

  5. GRE general test - (Psychology subject test required in some programs)

  6. Complete the Graduate College online application ($85 and $95 for international)

In addition, international students (only) should submit TOEFL scores:

  • 550 (Paper Based)

  • 79 (Internet Based)

Or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of the TOEFL. Minimum score of 7 (no subject area below a 6) dated within 2 years of enrollment.

 

The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: Clinical -2001, CNS-2002, Social-2015, Psychology-2016

Full-time program takes normally from 4-5 years.

 
Standardized Tests

Required: General GRE Test  

  • GRE Verbal - GRE Quantitative - GRE Written

Recommended: GRE Subject Test

See departmental website for requirements http://www.psychology.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/gre_requirements.pdf

 
Financial Aid

Graduate College UAccess Fellowships (1 year)

University Fellowships
Teaching and Research Assistantships
Tuition and Registration Scholarships

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st (yearly)
  • Spring: No spring applications

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st (yearly)
  • Spring: No spring applications
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2001, 2002, 2015, 2016
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Psychology

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 63 units distributed as follows: 36 units in the major and 18 units of dissertation.  For information concerning requirements for the Ph.D. degree see Requirements for Doctoral Degrees (http://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements/doctor-philosophy).

 
Minor Requirements

This program requires 9 units in the minor.

 
Student Handbook
http://www.psychology.arizona.edu/academics/phd-program-requirements-and-policies  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 8%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 6
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 34%
Enrollment Percent Female 66%
Enrollment Percent International 10%
Enrollment Percent URM 16%

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Last revised 12 Oct 2016