Applying to the Graduate Program
We offer two graduate degrees:
Because all of our graduate programs focus on research and require extensive one-on-one contact between faculty and students, we can accept only a limited number of students each year. Admission is competitive, and admission recommendations are made by a committee that carefully reviews each applicant's academic history, performance, and interests. To be admitted, one must have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent for non-U.S. students) from an accredited university. Students who are still working on their bachelor's degree and who will complete it before starting graduate work are given full consideration. Individuals who do not have a degree in psychology are also given full consideration, but admission may be conditional on satisfactorily completing a few undergraduate psychology courses.
We accept students once a year. New students are admitted only during the fall semester and applications for fall admission are due December 1st.
If you are interested in applying, please submit the following materials to the UTEP graduate school application portal:
- A UTEP graduate school online application;
- Official transcript(s) for all academic work;
- A two- to three-page personal statement outlining your experiences, skills, and training. In addition, please indicate which concentration you are applying to, indicate faculty with whom you would like to work, and include your career goals and how this specific program will benefit your professional development;
- Three letters of recommendation;
- Application processing fee (paid electronically through the admissions portal): $45.00 for U.S. citizens/permanent residents or $80.00 for international applicants.
- Official GRE General Test scores from ETS taken within the last five years.
- Official TOEFL scores for international students.
If you have general questions about applying to UTEP, you can contact the graduate school. If you have specific questions on any of the Psychology programs, you can email the graduate program director Dr. Katherine Serafine (firstname.lastname@example.org). In all correspondence, please indicate the program in which you are interested or for which you are applying (Ph.D. or M.A. (Clinical, Experimental).
Applications are accepted once per year for fall admission. To be considered, applicants must submit all required documents by December 1. Departmental decisions regarding applications are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission is competitive and limited by Departmental resources.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
- Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average in all upper-division courses and all psychology courses.
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record.
- Examination (GRE) General Test within the last 5 years.
- For international students, proficiency in English and as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); minimum score is 600 (250 computerized).
- Three letters of recommendation.
- A 2-3 page personal statement outlining your experience, skills and training; your career goals; and how this specific program will benefit your professional development.
Before beginning their first semester in the UTEP Psychology graduate program, all PhD and MA students must complete the following leveling (preparatory) undergraduate courses:
- Introductory Statistics in Psychology,
- Experimental Psychology (or a psychology course in Experimental Design, Research Methods, or other equivalent topic), and
- 9 additional hours of upper-division psychology courses.
Students who have not yet met these course requirements may apply for admission to the program, but must complete all leveling courses before actually beginning the program.
Upper Division courses in Psychology at UTEP are listed below. For the leveling requirement, students must take courses from this list or their equivalent:
PSYC 3315 Psychology and the Law
PSYC 3320 Learning and Memory
PSYC 3330 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 3331 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 3346 Drugs of Abuse and Behavior
PSYC 3347 Behavior Modification
PSYC 3348 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 3350 Health Psychology
PSYC 4301 Psychological Testing
PSYC 4309 History & Systems of Psychology
PSYC 4311 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4312 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 4376 Language and Cognition
PSYC 4317 Advanced Statistics
PSYC 4321 Judgment and Decision Making
PSYC 4324 Psychobiology
PSYC 4341 Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 4343 Seminar in Meta-analysis