PHD Psychology

The Department of Psychology's doctoral program offers collaborative and interdisciplinary training in innovative, mentored research across six major areas of study. Training, including the distinctive opportunity to develop expertise in quantitative methods from one of the nation's top-ranked programs, is tailored to your unique needs.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: PHD Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers PhD programs designed to provide outstanding training in innovative research, methodology and the application of psychological principles to a wide variety of human conditions. The department is organized into six major areas of interest. The quantitative research methods area is a formalized concentration separate from the other training areas; it requires application directly to that program (

Students pursue their graduate studies within one of these six areas, and each area determines the basic curriculum for their graduate program. There is, however, substantial opportunity to integrate courses of study across areas in the department.

Further specialized emphases are available that integrate across programs in the university.

At the core of doctoral training in psychology is an emphasis on the development of skill in research and quantitative methods. Faculty in all six areas are actively engaged in major research programs. These theoretically grounded research programs address the breadth of psychological processes, including evolution and behavior; cognitive processes (e.g., attention, language, memory) as they occur within the context of perception and action, personality and issues of stigma and prejudice; individual resilience; cultural influences on psychological processes; neurobiological and psychosocial processes that underlie behavior and health (e.g., drug abuse, stress, heart disease); prevention of child mental health problems; and lifespan developmental aspects of emotion and cognition.

A unique strength of the Department of Psychology is the wealth of outstanding faculty members whose specialization is quantitative methods. A breadth of courses and experiences in quantitative methods are available that are well-integrated into the areas of research that characterize the department and offer students the distinctive opportunity to develop expertise in this critical domain.

At a Glance: program details

Degree Requirements

Required Core (3 or 4 credit hours)
PSY 502 Professional Issues in Psychology (3) or
PSY 531 Multiple Regression in Psychological Research (4)

Electives and Research (68 or 69 credit hours

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
PSY 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
In addition to required coursework pertaining to the training area, students take courses related to their area of interest as determined in consultation with their supervisory committees. Requirements vary across training areas.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

In-depth admission requirements for each specialization are listed here

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

To apply to the doctoral programs, applicants must follow the instructions on the doctoral program admissions instructions and checklist. It is strongly recommended that applicants download and print this form to ensure completion of the application process and include all of the required supplemental forms.

The Department of Psychology application process is completed online through ASU's Graduate Admission Services which includes the application form and official transcripts. Application to Department of Psychology doctoral programs is also completed via SlideRoom to process supplemental application materials. The SlideRoom account requires an additional fee.

Applicants must submit three academic letters of recommendation from faculty members who know the student well. Three letters are required but four letters of recommendation may be submitted.

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