Why study Psychology?

The University of Cincinnati Department of Psychology offers the PhD in Psychology. Students may apply to our experimental training program or our APA-accredited training program in clinical psychology [contact: American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979)]. The department trains doctoral-level researchers, primarily in the areas of health psychology, experimental and human factors, and neuropsychology. Students with interests outside these areas may apply for admission if their interests correspond closely to those of at least one faculty member.

The doctoral program is limited to full-time students who show outstanding promise, as demonstrated by undergraduate achievement, Graduate Record Exam scores, and recommendation letters. The program is also open to students who have earned a master’s degree from another institution.

Students are admitted to the program to work with a specific faculty mentor. Mentors are responsible for ensuring students are actively engaged in research from the beginning of graduate school and that this work leads successfully to a master’s thesis and a dissertation. Our goal is to train students to compete effectively for positions in a broad variety of settings. We provide extensive professional development opportunities during doctoral training.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree (Psychology preferred)
  • Minimum of 24 quarter credit hours in non-introductory psychology courses  
  • At least one course in research methods in the behavioral or social sciences 
  • At least one course in statistical methods 
  • Research experience strongly recommended

Application Deadlines

In order to submit an electronic application for the Psychology Program, please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Application Requirements

  • Complete online application form - you will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript from all colleges attended.  "Official" transcripts are only required upon acceptance.
  • Have GRE score report sent to UC (General Test required; Subject Test optional; school code 1833)
  • Upon acceptance into the program, have "official" copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to the Psychology Graduate Coordinator listed below.
  • Applicants will apply via the Online Graduate School Application (link above) and will there be required to upload unofficial transcripts.
  • Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator:
    Brandi Forbes
    4150N Edwards One
    Department of Psychology, Mail Location 0376
    University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH  45221-0376
  • The Department honors the guidelines of the American Psychological Association regarding admissions, and we will not require candidates to whom offers have been extended to make their decisions known until April 15th of the year in which they receive an offer.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please visit the Psychology website or contact the graduate coordinator (Brandi Forbes, 513-556-5539, brandi.forbes@uc.edu) for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Contact Information

Brandi Forbes
P.O. Box 210376
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5539

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Program Code: 15DOC-PSYC-PHD