Why study Psychology?

The University of Cincinnati Department of Psychology trains doctoral-level researchers, primarily in the areas of health psychology, behavioral and human factors, and neuropsychology. Additionally, prospective students with interests outside these areas may apply for admission if their interests correspond closely to those of at least one faculty member.

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 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.

The PhD program in Psychology offers two broad tracks: Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Science. Within each of these tracks, students select an area of emphasis. These areas include but are not limited to: child and adolescent/pediatric psychology, general clinical psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, modern couples and family, community health, etc. Training of students in the Behavioral Science track of our PhD Program in Psychology is primarily organized around two general areas of emphasis: Cognition, action, & perception (CAP), and Community and Organizational Research for Action (CORA).

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree (psychology major preferred)
  • Minimum of 16 semester credit hours (or 24 quarter credit hours) in non-introductory undergradute psychology courses
    • At least one course in research methods in the behavioral or social sciences 
    • At least one course in statistical methods 
  • Previous research experience strongly recommended

Clinical Psychology Careers

  • Clinical Psychologist (adult, child, couples)
  • Health/Pediatric Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Tenure-Track Psychology Professor
  • Consulting Psychologist or Clinical Consultant
  • Medical & Health Services Director

Behavioral Science Careers

  • CORA-Related Careers:
    • Organizational Consultant
    • Community Psychologist
    • Program Evaluator
    • HR Business Partner
  • CAP-Related Careers:
    • Human Factors Researcher
    • Human Performance Researcher
    • Human Movement Science Researcher
    • User Experience (UX) and Usability Researcher
    • Data Scientist

Application Deadlines

To submit an application for the Psychology program, please visit our Admissions Requirements page and complete the UC Graduate Admissions Application.  The application deadline for Fall enrollment is December 5.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must apply via the UC Graduate Admissions Application (link above) and will be required to upload unofficial transcripts
    • Please note: The PhD in Psychology program does not offer rolling admission. The program admits students once per year - each fall.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Current CV or resume

*GRE scores are neither required, nor reviewed.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please visit the Psychology website or contact the graduate coordinator (Holly-Kristina Averette, 513-556-5539, averethm@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.

Contact Information

Holly-Kristina Averette
3200 Clifton Court Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 556-5539

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Program Code: 15DOC-PSYC-PHD