The Department of Psychology offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program, which provides students with breadth of training in psychology and in-depth study in specialized areas. Qualified students are accepted into the Ph.D. program after their completion of either a baccalaureate degree or a master’s degree. Interested applicants should select to join a specific concentration. All students who are admitted for graduate study will begin in the subsequent fall semester.
Note: Applicants for the Community-Public Health Dual Degree are not required to submit separate applications through this process and the School of Public Health’s process using the SOPHAS system. However, applicants may choose to submit a SOPHAS application if they wish to be considered separately for the MPH or the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academics-student-life/apply/).
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Can I receive advisement on graduate admissions?
Are there resources to help me with the application process?
How can I maximize my chances of being admitted?
While we do not require an undergraduate degree in psychology, some social science coursework is recommended. Because the program is quantitatively oriented, college-level math and statistics are also advised. Research experience is helpful: successful applicants typically have worked on research projects as part of college courses, written an undergraduate thesis, or volunteered in a psychology research lab. Candidates’ research interests and compatibility with the program are determined in large part by the candidate's application essay, the Statement of Purpose. Here is a helpful guide for Crafting Your Personal Statement.
If I have a low GPA or little research experience, should I apply?
Who should write the letters of recommendation?
Is this a part-time program?
Can I transfer from my current master’s degree program?
What type of financial assistance is provided for students?
Do you have a master’s degree program?
Will my application be reviewed if it is not complete?
What application materials are needed and how do I apply?
When are applications for the spring semester due?
Where should I send my transcript?
Can unofficial transcripts be submitted with my application?
Can the application fee be waived?
Can I apply for this program if I do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology?
If I have not taken the necessary courses to apply to the program, can I still apply and take them at the start of the program?
Where can I find the approximate cost for the program?
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