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Psychology Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Psychology, S246 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4181; fax: 612-626-2079)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 60 to 72
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Students are admitted only for the Ph.D. degree. Doctoral program specialties are offered in biological psychopathology; clinical science and psychopathology research; cognitive and brain sciences; counseling psychology; industrial/organizational psychology; personality, individual differences, and behavior genetics; quantitative/psychometric methods; school psychology; and social psychology.
This program is accredited by Committee on Accreditation of the Amer. Psychological Assoc (for Clinical & Counseling specialities)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Although there are no specific minimums for GPA and GRE scores, previous admissions statistics are available from the psychology website at
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Recommended academic preparation includes a minimum of 12 credits (three to four courses) of psychology coursework beyond introductory psychology, including one course in statistics or psychological measurement. Applicants to the clinical science program must have completed a course in abnormal psychology. An undergraduate major in psychology is desirable, but not required.
Special Application Requirements:
Applications are accepted for fall admission only; the deadline is December 1. A department application; a statement of career interests, goals, and objectives; three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's scholarship and research potential; and scores from the GRE General Test are required. The GRE Subject Test in psychology is not required, but highly recommended. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the TOEFL iBT. Applications are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. For more information about the application procedures, see the psychology website at
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Internet Based - Speaking Score: 23
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Speaking test score: 8
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
24 to 36 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 3 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students must satisfy the general area distribution requirement using selected courses in four areas outside their specialization. There are no other general departmental course requirements. Each student's program is individually planned in consultation with an adviser to meet both the individual's goals and the specialty requirements. The specializations in clinical psychology and counseling psychology include specific requirements for applied coursework and practicum and internship experience. Each specialization also requires completion of a series of Ph.D. seminars covering scholarship and research skills. Students also complete a minimum of 12 credits in a minor or supporting program. Students are admitted into one specialty area when they apply. Please go to the Psychology website at to learn more about our specialty areas. Applicants are allowed to apply to only one specialty area.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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