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Doctor of Philosophy: Psychology: Experimental Health Psychology Track - Admission Criteria

The program is designed for applicants with a prior bachelor's or master's level degree. The following are minimum criteria recommended for admission:

1. A bachelor's degree in Psychology or related discipline. Satisfactory completion of prior coursework in Introductory/General Psychology, Experimental Methods/Research Design and Statistics/Quantitative Methods is required. Satisfactory completion of prior coursework in at least two of the following areas is also strongly recommended: Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Learning, Motivation, Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, and Social Psychology.

2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or graduate GPA of 3.5. Alternative criteria may be accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee if there is good reason to believe the regular criteria do not adequately portray the student’s potential to do quality work in the program. However, admission to the program is highly competitive, and we seek to admit students with a general history of excellence.

3. Competitive Graduate Record Examination scores from the general test (GRE Math + Verbal greater than 300; Analytical Writing score of at least 4.5). Students whose scores fall below this recommended minimum may present additional evidence of their capacity to do quality doctoral-level work. Such additional evidence will be considered and accepted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

4. Demonstrated evidence of interest in health research. The program follows a mentorship model. Therefore, applicants whose research interests are similar to those of the faculty will be given higher consideration. A listing of program faculty interests and research can be accessed through the Department of Psychology web page.

5. History of personal conduct consistent with the ability to adhere to high standards of student conduct, as outlined in the UMKC Standard for Student Conduct.

A detailed description of program policies and procedures, including the requirements for retention, is available in the student handbook that can be accessed through the Experimental Health Psychology Track web page.