No, our PhD programs are 100% in-person and full-time programs. Students also work 20 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant, which leaves little or no time for additional work outside of the university.
How do I get information about other psychology programs at ASU?
Use the ASU Degree Search page and do a keyword search for “psychology”. Click on the title of the program to see an overview and direct contact information (bottom of the page) for the program selected
A master’s in passing is obtained during the course of studies for the PhD program. We do not offer students a terminal master’s degree in Psychology. However, the department has a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis degree program with applications opening September 1 of each year and a rolling deadline. Applications are reviewed starting February 1 to fill limited openings with monthly reviews until the class is filled.
Across all of the doctoral training areas, a minimum of 30 semester hours is required for the master’s in passing including a master’s thesis and oral defense. A total of 84 semesters hours are required for the PhD. The 84 hours includes the 30 hours for the masters. There is no foreign language requirement. A doctoral dissertation is required which includes a final oral defense. Visit each training area's webpage for more detailed information about the area's specific requirements.
Would completing the PhD in Psychology program certify me as a licensed psychologist?
No, it will not. In order to become a licensed psychologist, you have to undergo at least 4 years of doctoral training and one year of internship (just like our clinical training area is designed). After all that, you have to take a national licensing exam. This will need to be followed by 1 year of supervision after obtaining the doctorate. Once all of that is complete, you take a written and oral examination at the state-level board (each states have their own requirements and exams). Once the state exams are passed, you will be a licensed psychologist. Of all our PhD training areas, only the clinical area can lead to licensure.
What undergrad classes do I need to have to be eligible if I don’t have a degree in psychology?
The extent to formal coursework in psychology is needed varies across training areas. In general, applicants should have an undergrad course background that is similar to a psych major. A typical psych major would include an intro class, stats, research methods, and a variety of courses sampling from diverse areas of psychology (developmental, abnormal, cognitive, social, neuroscience/physiological).
Most important is research experience---doing an honors thesis and/or working in a faculty lab.
In clinical it is becoming a bit more important because APA requires demonstration of competency in multiple areas of psychology and these requirements can be satisfied by taking undergrad classes. If a student has not taken those classes, they will have to take them at the grad level.
We do not have hardcopy brochures or flyers but information can be obtained by visiting the doctoral program section of the departmental website. Specific information can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the minimum GPA and GRE scores? Do I need to take the GRE Psychology subject test?
The department does not have minimum GPA or GRE score requirements. Here is a list of average GPAs and GRE test scores over the last few years for those who were offered admission to our PhD programs. The department prefers applicants take the GRE General Exam instead of the Psychology subject-specific test. See the question above related to which training areas are requiring the GRE for fall 2021 applicants.
For the department SlideRoom application fee waiver, send a copy of the McNair award letter or McNair verification form to email@example.com and indicate which training area you are applying to (Clinical, Social, Developmental, etc.) and begin (but do not submit) the SlideRoom application. A department staff member will notify you when you can submit the SlideRoom application.
Review our faculty bios and info on our research labs. Both pages have a sidebar where information can be filtered by training area. Reach out to faculty who are doing research that most closely align with your interests.
Do I have to talk to faculty before applying or listing them on my application?
No, but it is best to talk with faculty first to ensure they are accepting new students for next year. Also, you can obtain useful information by talking with potential faculty mentors, including referrals to other faculty who may be recruiting but not listed on the website.
Note that our PhD students funded with a 20-hr TA or RA have their tuition waived (paid for by the department), so the residency status does not matter unless the student enrolls for classes in a semester where they do not have a funding source that covers tuition for that semester.
Do you have assistantships (TA/RA) available? How do I apply?
Yes, the department may fund all of its admitted doctoral students with a teaching or research assistantship. The assistantships typically are for 20 hours per week, which include the student’s health care premium, tuition waiver (not fee waiver), and compensation.
The 9-month academic year compensation rates for 2021-2022 are $19,172 (pre-masters) and $19,672 (post-masters). The Department of Psychology strives to provide summer support for all doctoral students in addition to academic year support.
No application needed. New PhD admits are automatically considered for an available position after current students’ funding sources are determined.
I have a degree from a U.S. institution (or will soon graduate from a U.S. institution). Do I have to do the English proficiency?
Visit Admission Services’ page on English proficiency and view the “other ways to demonstrate English proficiency” at the bottom of the page.
Note that the TOEFL and IELTS scores are good for two years. If admitted, the scores must still be valid in August the year you start the program or you will have to supply new, valid English proficiency scores from one of the options listed on Admission Services’ page.
Are there special funding requirements for international students?
Yes, if hired as a teaching assistant (TA) and you had to take an exam to be admitted to ASU, your speaking section score must be at least 8 (IELTS) or 26 (TOEFL iBT) to be a TA without issue.
If your speaking section was below the minimum requirement or if you took one of the other exams, you will likely need to take the ASU SPEAK test and score at least 55 to work as a TA without issue. Contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org upon admission to the program to discuss your situation and if you need to do additional steps, even if you are hired as a research assistant (RA) for the first year.