Department of Psychology

PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis: Application Information

Special Announcement: For the 2022 application cycle only, the general GRE and GRE subject test will not be considered. These scores should not be sent for this application cycle.

The deadline (every year) for priority consideration is December 4th (11:59 p.m. EST) although applications will continue to be accepted until February 15th.  Applicants are thus strongly encouraged to submit their applications by December 4th. 

Please see our ABA PhD FAQ page for answers to common questions, as well as the list of Faculty Considering Graduate Students.

Students should submit an application to the UNCW Graduate School (not the Psychology Department). Students will be admitted to the PhD program by recommendation of the Department of Psychology Admissions Committee based upon eligibility requirements and available resources.

Under most circumstances, students admitted to the program will have met the following requirements: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education accredited university. We will consider students who already have a master’s degree in psychology for acceptance, though students will need to take classes offered during the master’s portion of our degree if they have not already taken the equivalent classes. Therefore, having a master’s degree may not speed up your degree.
  2. Major of psychology or at least 21 hours of psychology with a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with evidence of a grade of at least a B in a course in statistics and a grade of at least a B in a course in psychology research methods.
  3. GRE Test Requirements: Test scores more than 5 years old at the time of the application will not be considered.
    • GRE General Test: Official scores are required of all applicants.
    • GRE Psychology Subject Test: Official scores required if bachelor’s degree was not in psychology
    • (see note in red above; no GRE scores are required for this application cycle).
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in a psychology-related field. At least two letters must be from faculty members.
  5. Current curriculum vitae/resumé.
  6. A 500-800 word statement of interest written in essay form that is composed of research experiences, other psychology-related experiences, research interests to pursue within graduate school, career goals, and any other additional strengths that will make the applicant an excellent candidate for the graduate program. The statement of interest should capture the student's interest in the field of study.
  7. Interview with the Department of Psychology faculty required to determine faculty research match.