Graduate Program FAQ

Can I send you my application materials in advance for your review?

Can I fill out the application on-line?

What do I have to send by mail?

Do I have to send letters in with my application or can they be sent directly by the recommender/school?

I have a degree from another University but not sure if it will be accredited with The University of Arizona. How can I find out before applying if my degree will be accepted by The University of Arizona?

I have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology. Do I need to have a degree in psychology to apply for your graduate program?

My GRE scores are not as high as I would have liked them to be. Should I retake the exam again before applying?

What codes do I use to submit my GRE scores to the Graduate College?

Do I have to take the GRE subject test?

Do all of my letters of recommendation have to be from psychology professors?

Can I get my degree in counseling at the U of A?

Can I apply for a Master's Degree?

I have completed graduate level course work at another university. Will I be given credit for these courses?

I have completed a Master’s degree at another university. Will I be given credit for my Master’s thesis?

Can I pursue the Ph.D. in your program on a part-time basis?
 


Can I send you my application materials in advance for your review?

Because of the number of applications submitted to the department, we cannot review your application prior to the deadline for submission. If you have specific questions regarding your application that are not answered on the website, you can contact the Graduate Coordinator at MBB-PSYGRAD@email.arizona.edu.

Can I fill out the application on-line?
The application to Psychology is on-line. You must apply to the Graduate College. There is no need to send an additional copy of your application through regular mail.
If your application has been selected during the first round, you will receive a phone call or email mid to late January requesting that you come to the University of Arizona Campus for an interview. Interview weekend is typically held mid February. After the interview, you will receive a call and/or a letter which will tell you the status of your application. Final decisions are made by April 15th.

What do I have to send by mail?

  • To the grad college:
  • GRE scores (sent from ETS)
  • Financial guarantee (FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)
  • TOEFL scores (FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)

Do I have to send letters in with my application or can they be sent directly by the recommender/school?
Recommender's should submit their recommendations online. 

I have a degree from another University but not sure if it will be accredited with The University of Arizona. How can I find out before applying if my degree will be accepted by The University of Arizona?
To check to see if your degree will be accepted please email gradadmissions@grad.arizona.edu. You will need to list the school, year and what type of degree you have earned.

I have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology. Do I need to have a degree in psychology to apply for your graduate program?
An undergraduate degree majoring in psychology is highly recommended. In some cases, we accept students who have degrees in other disciplines. However, they must still have core courses appropriate for graduate work in psychology, including statistics and research methods, and a solid set of courses in psychology and course work relevant to the undergrad level, others take additional course work at the undergraduate level before applying to graduate school.  

My GRE scores are not as high as I would have liked them to be. Should I retake the exam again before applying?
As long as the test is taken before the deadline, then you are OK. 

What codes do I use to submit my GRE scores to the Graduate College?
To have your GRE scores sent to the University of Arizona Psychology, use institution code 4832.  

Do I have to take the GRE subject test?
Depending on which program you are applying to, you may be required to take the GRE subject test. To determine if you must take the subject test, please see the Departmental GRE Requirements.
Typical GRE scores obtained by our incoming graduate students.

Do all of my letters of recommendation have to be from psychology professors?
Since the letters are being reviewed for insight into your academic performance and potential, it is required that all of the letters be from professors, or someone who you have worked with in an academic setting. It is recommended that the letters come from members of the psychology community, but if this is not possible for some reason, letters will be accepted from professors in other areas. If you are a returning student who has not had contact with members of an academic setting for a long period of time, it may be beneficial for you to enroll in a couple of classes and get re-acquainted with the academic community before submitting your application.  

Can I get my degree in counseling at the U of A?
No, the psychology department does not offer a degree in counseling.

Can I apply for a Master's Degree?
No, the Psychology department only offers application to the PhD program. You will complete your Master's degree requirements on the way towards earning your PhD, but you cannot apply to a terminal Master's program.

I have completed graduate level course work at another university. Will I be given credit for these courses?
A maximum of 30 units of transfer coursework may be used toward the Ph.D requirements.  Students who wish to transfer credit must submit a Transfer Credit form in GradPath before the end of their first year of study to have the courses evaluated for transfer eligibility.

I have completed a Master’s degree at another university. Will I be given credit for my Master’s thesis?
Some of our students do enter the program with a master’s degree. If you wrote an empirical master’s thesis, it may fulfill the requirement for masters in our program. That decision is made after a student is accepted into the Ph.D. program. The Master’s thesis is then reviewed by a committee of faculty members who determine if the thesis meets our standards.

Can I pursue the Ph.D. in your program on a part-time basis?
No. The program is extremely demanding. You will be working for the department as either a research assistant or a teaching assistant, taking course work and doing your own research.