Ph.D in Experimental Psychology
The Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington provides exceptional opportunities to qualified students who are seeking careers in psychology. Our Ph.D. Experimental Psychology program is a mentor-based experimental research program with concentrations in Psychological Sciences and Health/Neuroscience. Please be advised that we do not offer graduate-level courses or degrees in clinical or counseling psychology.
As a graduate student in our department, you will receive broad training in experimental psychology and will be able to do specialized research in your area of interest in psychological sciences or health/neuroscience as you are matched with a faculty mentor prior to admission. The program has a strong scientific/experimental emphasis in traditional areas of psychology including cognitive, developmental, evolutionary, human learning and memory, neural network modeling, neuroscience, personality, quantitative, industrial/organizational, and social. Graduate students seeking a Ph.D. degree can specialize in the following research areas of our faculty.
- Cognitive Areas (Neural-Net Modeling and Decision Making, Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory)
- Social / Personality Areas (Group Processes, Personality, and Social Interaction, Personality and Social Behavior Research Center, Intergroup Relations)
- Industrial/Organizational Areas (Group Creativity and Team Innovation)
- Developmental Areas (Personality and Social Behavior Research Center)
- Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurophysiology Laboratory
- Animal Behavior / Animal Learning
- Evolutionary Psychology
Our faculty and their graduate students regularly publish in well-known journals (i.e., Perception and Psychophysics, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain Research, Animal Behavior, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cognition, and others). A large number of our graduate students have had their research published while still in our graduate program. The National Research Council ranked the Department of Psychology at UT Arlington as the best in North Texas.
Many career opportunities exist for experimental and health psychologists. Our students have been successful in obtaining jobs in academia, industry, health facilities, and government. Please visit our LinkedIn page for more details on the diverse career paths of our current and former students.
Masters in Passing
Students who are applying to the Ph.D. program without having earned a master's degree can apply as a degree bound student and earn a master's in passing as a required milestone while working toward their Ph.D. This will include foundational and core courses from our degree plan as well as 6 hours of the thesis to earn the MS and 3 hours of research. Students working towards the Ph.D. are also required to take 12 hours of approved electives, 12 hours of additional research and readings, at least 6 hours of advanced research, and 9 total hours of a dissertation as they complete the appropriate milestones to earn the Ph.D.
Ph.D. Degree Plan
Graduate students entering the Psychological Sciences or Health/Neuroscience programs are required to complete 67 hours to earn their doctoral degree. Please see the link provided for a copy of the degree plan and our Graduate Student Handbook for more details.