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Why Pursue a PhD in Psychology?

The PhD in Psychology produces graduates with a reputation for research excellence and notable contributions to applied areas of knowledge, especially in settings related to health and military health. Only one other doctoral program in the country offers a comparable emphasis on research skills that are uniquely tailored to investigate issues related to military health. Although this program does not prepare students for licensure, students will have opportunities to develop scientific writings, oral communication skills, and acquire experience in both laboratory and ecologically-valid settings pertaining to health and military health.

Research Opportunities

Theories from many areas of psychology are applied in research on health issues, including social psychology, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology. Faculty offer an integrative approach to student training, focusing on research on issues related to health and mental health among members of the military and their family.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Psychology (PhD)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE Required scores not older than five years
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying (two SOPs required: professional and research)
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 3 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Psychology (PhD)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on November 15 (priority) and March 1. Decisions will be made and sent to applicants within a few weeks after the review date.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority November 15 Not Available Not Available
International February 1 Not Available Not Available
Domestic February 1 Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

Plans are in place for students to receive competitive stipends to pursue this program.

For more information about departmental funding, click below.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


Graduate Advisor of Record

Mary McNaughton-Cassill, PhD

210-458-6558

Mary.McNaughtonCassill@utsa.edu