University of Texas at El Paso
Psychology Department
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Applying to the Graduate Program    

  We offer two graduate degrees:

      (1) Ph.D. in Psychology
(2) M.A. in Clinical Psychology or Experimental Psychology

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 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 15th. If you are interested in applying, please send the materials indicated below to the graduate school.

•     A UTEP graduate school online application

•     Official transcript(s) for all academic work

•     Official GRE General Test scores from ETS.  GRE scores taken within the last five years are required of all applicants (regardless of whether or not they have a graduate degree in another discipline) and must be on file by December 15 for your application to be considered.

•     A two- to three-page personal statement outlining your experiences, skills, and training. In addition, please state your career goals and how this specific program will benefit your professional development.

•     Three letters of recommendation

•     Official TOEFL scores for international students

•     Application processing fee: Check/money order in U.S. dollars, $45.00 for U.S. citizens/permanent residents or $80.00 for international applicants

•     Send to:       UTEP Graduate School
                      Academic Services Building, Room 223
                      500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, Texas  79968-0566

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 ask the graduate program director. In all correspondence, please indicate the program in which you are interested or for which you are applying (Ph.D. or M.A. Clinical).

Admission Requirements    

Applications are accepted once per year for fall admission. To be considered, applicants must submit all required documents by December 15. Departmental decisions regarding applications are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission is competitive and limited by Departmental resources.

Minimum Requirements
  • 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.

Leveling Requirements

Before beginning their first semester in the UTEP Psychology graduate program, all PhD and MA students must complete the following leveling (preparatory) undergraduate courses: 

(a) Introductory Statistics in Psychology,

(b) Experimental Psychology (or a psychology course in Experimental Design, Research Methods, or other equivalent topic), and 

(c) 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