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PhD Psychology

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

39800 USD
39800 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of Psychology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)326
GMAT (avg)720

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About this course

Psychology offers combined Ph.D. degree programs with African American Studies and Philosophy. For the combined program with African American Studies, students must apply to the African American Studies department, with Psychology indicated as the secondary department. For the combined program with Philosophy, students can apply to the Philosophy department or the Psychology department.

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Eligibility Criteria

The department requires that scores from the GRE General Test accompany an application.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100
  • TOEFL-PBT: 600
  • GRE: 326

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Course Modules

In order to allow each student to be trained in accordance with his or her own interests and career goals, the general requirements of the department are kept to a minimum. The formal requirements are: (1) Course work selected to meet the individual’s objectives with a minimum of three basic-level courses and one course in data analysis. Two of the three required basic-level courses must be in two different areas of psychology outside the student’s main area of concentration. The basic-level course requirement must be completed by the end of the second year. Students must attain an Honors grade in at least two term courses by the end of the second year of study. (2) Students are required to assist in teaching four courses by the end of their fourth year. (3) Completion of a First-Year Research Paper due by May 10 of the second term. (4) Completion of a predissertation research project, to be initiated not later than the second term and completed not later than May 1 of the second year. Certification of this research project as well as performance in course work and other evidence of scholarly work at a level commensurate with doctoral study, as judged by the faculty, are necessary for continuation beyond the second year. (5) Submission of a dissertation prospectus, and a theme essay that demonstrates the candidate’s comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the area of concentration. Certification of the theme essay completes the qualifying examination. (6) Approval of the dissertation by an advisory committee and the passing of an oral examination on the dissertation and its general scientific implications. The theme essay and the dissertation prospectus are completed during the third year. Students are then formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy. There are no language requirements.

The faculty considers teaching to be an essential element of the professional preparation of graduate students in Psychology. For this reason participation in the Teaching Fellow Program is a degree requirement for all doctoral students. They are expected to serve as teaching fellows (level 20) for four terms over the course of the second through fourth years in the program. Opportunities for teaching are matched as closely as possible with students’ academic interests.

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How to Apply

  • Application for admission to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for all degree and non-degree programs is an online process.
  • All documents in support of your application must be uploaded to your application. This includes all required materials such as your personal statement of purpose and transcripts. No materials are to be mailed to the Graduate School or to your designated program of study.
  • Recommenders submit their letters of recommendation for you online. Once you identify a recommender they will receive an email providing instructions and access information.
  • You have the ability to work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready.
  • You have the ability to “track” the receipt of standardized test scores and recommendations as soon as you have submitted your application forms.
  • After submission, you may print a PDF copy for your own use that will look exactly like the image made available to the faculty for review online.
  • Applications received on or before the deadline of the program to which you are applying are made available, in image form, to your designated program to review after the deadline of your program.
  • Application accounts created or started but not submitted by the deadline of your respective program will be deleted prior to the start of the new application cycle (early August of each year). Application data and any associated supplemental materials are not retained.

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