Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Programs
Frequently Asked Questions

About our Program

The Psychology Department does not offer a degree in counseling, however, you can see other counseling programs at the University of Arizona here:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Applying to our Program

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

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.

To the grad college:


Recommender's should submit their recommendations online. 

To check to see if your degree will be accepted please email You will need to list the school, year and what type of degree you have earned.

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.  

GRE scores and GRE subject scores are no longer required, and will not be considered in our selection process.

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.