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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 to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:

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

Graduate School Application: Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.

Resume: Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from behavioral researchers (e.g., graduate instructors, research advisors) 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: Yes, a 3-page statement of career goals, research interests, and purpose for pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology at UTSA. This statement will be evaluated and considered as part of the selection criteria for admission to the program.

Prior Research Experience: Documentation of prior research experience. A completed master’s thesis is the most common form of document submitted. Acceptable alternatives include a published research article, a manuscript prepared for publication, or a research paper submitted for credit in an independent or honors study project.

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants): International students must have a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

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. 

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

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.

Contact information

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

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Funding Opportunities

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

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