Doctoral Degree

Psychology (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology is designed for students who have completed a Master’s degree and are interested pursing advanced doctoral training in topics related to health and mental health, statistics, and research methods.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology at UTSA?

  • Graduates will have a reputation for research excellence and make 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.  
  • The program provides students with the opportunity to acquire a strong conceptual background in Psychology and gives them opportunities for advanced training in quantitative and research methodologies.  
  • Although the program does not prepare students for licensure, students will have opportunities to develop their scientific writing and oral communication skills and to apply their knowledge and skills in both laboratory settings and in ecologically-valid settings pertaining to health and military health. 

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and prerequisites: 

  • Admission will be limited and competitive. Meeting recommended criteria will not guarantee admission. All students admitted to the program must meet University-wide requirements as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.
  • A 36-hour Master’s degree in Psychology that required completion of a Master’s thesis and courses comparable to those required by the UTSA Psychology Masters of Science program. Applicants who have not completed a Master’s thesis, and/or did not take courses comparable to those required by the UTSA Psychology M.S. program, may be considered for admission with conditional status pending successful completion of all deficiencies.

Specific degree requirements: A Master’s degree transcript documenting a GPA of 3.5 or higher. If a master’s degree has not been completed, a transcript documenting a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the last 60 hours of coursework will be required for students seeking conditional admission to the program.

Other Degree requirements: Documentation of prior research experience. A completed Master’s thesis is the most common form of document submitted. Acceptable alternative forms include a published research article, a manuscript prepared for publication, or a research paper submitted for credit in an independent or honors study project.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores no older than 5 years, which will be weighed in conjunction with the other material in the applicant’s file. 

Resume or CV: No

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation indicating the applicant has the necessary academic and personal attributes for success in the program and has the potential for making significant contributions in the field of psychology.

Statement of Purpose: A 3-page statement of career goals, research interests, and purpose for pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio that will be evaluated and considered as part of the selection criteria for admission to the program.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time & Part-Time



Contact information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Rebecca Weston, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-6432

Degree Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

Psychology Courses Form: click here

Career options Available for a Ph.D. in Psychology Graduate

Leaders in the growth area of military health care, as well as in the broader area of health and wellness

Funding Opportunities

  • Plans are in place for students to receive competitive stipends to pursue this program.
  • For information on Application Fee Reimbursement, click here.

Research taking place in the Psychology Ph.D. program

Theories from many areas of psychology are applied in research on health issues, including social psychology, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology. The interests of the faculty reflect an integrative approach to training students to conduct research on issues related to health and mental health among members of the military and their family. For example, ongoing research by faculty addresses PTSD, substance use, partner violence, health related risk taking, stress and coping, pain, anger management, emotional experience and regulation in the workplace, training for stressful environments, depression and suicide ideation, and measurement of these factors.