Psychology, PhD

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

Concentrations: Clinical Psychology; Cognition, Brain and Behavior; Developmental Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology; Health Psychology; Quantitative/Methodology. Each student is required to select a concentration.

Emphases: Health Psychology, Quantitative Methodology. The emphases are options for students in any concentration except for those in the same name.

Students interested in the Graduate Program are advised to have at least 15 credit hours in psychology, including one course in psychological statistics and either a laboratory course or independent research in psychology.

Although the Department awards the M.S. degree under Plan I (thesis) according to the regulations set forth in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog, all screening of new applicants is done in terms of entry for the Ph.D. program. The department admits new students to the graduate program only for the fall semester of each year; exceptions to this procedure are rare. Since competition for the few available openings each year is strong, only students with excellent academic records as well as first-rate letters of recommendation are likely to succeed in gaining admission.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are required as part of the application procedure. The GRE Psychology Subject test, although strongly recommended, is not required as part of the application procedure.

General requirements for the Ph.D. are set forth in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. Regulations include a minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate credit (precise requirements depends upon area) with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better, exclusive of thesis and dissertation credit hours; satisfactory performance on the doctoral comprehensive examination; and a dissertation accepted by the final oral examining committee.

The Department of Psychology considers both teaching and research to be essential aspects of doctoral training and, therefore, requires that all candidates have such experiences during their tenure. These requirements apply regardless of whether remuneration for such activities is received.

The Breadth Requirement

To ensure a breadth of training, all students are required to complete a 12 credit hour (generally four graduate courses) breadth requirement. These courses can be taken inside or outside the Department, but they must be outside the concentration, and they must be scholarly in nature. Clinical students satisfy the breadth requirement through the training requirements of the APA.

The Collateral Requirement

To satisfy the departmental requirement of a foreign language or comparable alternative requirement, students use the computer labs (503L and 504L) associated with the Statistics (501) and Experimental Design (502) courses, respectively.


Admission Requirements:

Fall semester: December 15 for full consideration. After that date comparison of candidates and extension of offers of admission and of financial aid begins, and continues until May 1 or until all positions have been filled.

Spring semester: None accepted.

Summer session: None accepted.

Only those applications received and completed by December 15 are guaranteed to receive consideration. Early applications are strongly encouraged.


Contact Information:

Steven Verney: Graduate Faculty Advisor
(505) 277-4121
sverney@unm.edu