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Are you interested in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology? If so, you've come to the right place! 

The Ph. D. program in Psychology is focused on the study of Consciousness and Society. It is grounded in the Department's approach to psychology as a distinctively human science. It will educate future scholars and practitioners at the highest level of the discipline to make original contributions to theory and knowledge. Our graduates will serve as researchers, consultants, leaders, and teachers who can creatively facilitate transformations in a global society.



Qualities we look for in Ph. D. Candidates

  • A student with background in research and strong writing skills (or demonstrated potential).
  • Someone with psychological interests outside of mainstream Psychology, but who is able to dialogue with the traditional assumptions of the discipline
  • Professionals who wish to deepen their theoretical background and re-engage with new forms of knowledge and research skills and to cultivate a different orientation toward their work.
  • We invite those interested in integrative traditions, from those inspired by William James to those following the works of Western and Eastern spiritual traditions as well as those working within significant continental traditions, including phenomenology, discourse studies, and current cultural studies.
  • Those with an interest in combining social justice with psychological work, e.g. feminist and participatory action research.
  • Those seeking to learn and integrate humanistic, critical, and transpersonal traditions from a broader contextual and more integral approach.

Because we are seeking students that can develop an innovative edge to their thinking, we do consider applicants without a psychology degree although they may be asked to take some additional coursework in the discipline. The coursework required is decided according to their transcript(s) and faculty discretion. Because the GRE scores are most predictive when used in combination with other indicators, we do not have an absolute cut-off, but weigh the GRE scores alongside other aspects of the full applicant portfolio, including an interview for a chosen set of applicants, the letters of recommendation, and the two samples of writing that we ask you to submit.

If your GPA is lower than 3.5 (GPA) or your GRE scores are lower than 140 on Verbal and Math, and 3.5 on the analytic writing, please provide a short explanation in your cover letter. Applicants with a Master’s degree are strongly preferred. Only exceptional students with a B.A. or B.S. will be considered and are rarely accepted. You should find all materials clearly delineated in the checklist. Please click the checklist link below and use the guide to apply.

Financial aid is available. The exact amount, however, is dependent upon University funding and will include tuition waivers (some fees will still need to be paid) and research and teaching assistantships. Such determinations will be made after acceptance into the program.

How to Apply to the Ph. D. in Psychology: Consciousness & Society 

  • Students are accepted for the Fall of each academic year. The application deadline is always January 10.
  • For the current year's Application Checklist (PDF). It is highly recommended that you download this form to guide you during the application process. The Application Checklist includes hyperlinks to several necessary forms.
  • Next, visit the UWG Graduate Studies website for step-by-step instructions that will help you submit your application package.

For more information about the program, including costs, curriculum, faculty, etc. please visit the Department of Psychology's website. or email us directly at PsycPhD@westga.edu