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Behavioral Science Ph.D. Program

Admission (Application Deadline: January 8, 2018)


Students who have been involved in research activities and who wish to pursue further research training are highly regarded in the selection process. Generally, students are expected to have a combined score of at least 300 on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections and a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better in their prior (undergraduate, graduate) course work. It should be noted that these are approximations and a range of factors are considered in our admissions process. Particularly, the specific nature of each applicant’s research interest is considered in admission decisions in order to maximize the fit between prospective students and the program and its faculty.

Transfer Credit

Students entering the Behavioral Science program who have done graduate work at another accredited college, university, or professional school may:

  • Transfer up to 30 credits if they have a Master’s degree in psychology; or,
  • Transfer as many as one-fifth of the credits required to complete their Master’s degree or doctoral program.

How to Apply

Complete an online application through the URI Graduate School. When completing the online application, you must indicate Behavioral Science (listed in the application as Experimental Psychology). Admission to URI must be offered by the specific program to which you are applying and by the Graduate School.

The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting material is January 8, 2018. 

Application Materials

  1. Online application, with application fee of $65 (paid online)
  2. Personal Statement (approximately 2 pages). Please include the information below:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioral science/experimental psychology
    • What research interests or focus areas do you wish to pursue?
    • What Behavioral Science or other training area (clinical, school) faculty members would you like to work with?
    • What research and teaching experience do you have?
    • Briefly describe relevant service/extracurricular activities.
    • Describe how your professional interests fit with the Behavioral Science program and faculty foci and how your long-term goals and career objectives will be advanced by completion of the Behavioral Science Ph.D. degree.
  3. Official transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution you attended (submit online)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    The Graduate School’s admissions criteria mentions having only two letters, but the Psychology Department requires an additional letter (submit online).
  5. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae/Resume (submit online).
  6. GRE scores
    The URI school code is 3919. Please note that it can take ETS up to six weeks to process and mail your GRE scores after you take the test. If you have already taken the test and have your scores, please note that it can take ETS up to four weeks to send score reports. Please plan according to the program deadlines when requesting the report of your test scores. The Advanced Test in Psychology is not required by any of the programs.
  7. TOEFL scores (for international applicants)
    The URI school code is the same as listed above under the GRE scores section. Suggested times to take the test are the same as listed above under the GRE scores section.

Financial Aid

Departmental and university assistantships and fellowships, as well as loans, are available to help finance doctoral education. Students seeking departmental funding typically receive at least one or two years of support in the form of teaching assistantships. Program faculty will work with you to identify sources of support.

Important Dates

  • January 8, 2018: Deadline for receipt of application and all supporting materials
  • March 5, 2018: Meet the Area Day (tentative date; not required for acceptance)
  • TBA: Notification of admissions recommendations to Graduate School.
  • March 31 (approx.): Notification of departmental assistantships
  • April 15 (approx.): Applicants’ final chance to notify program of intent to accept admission offer; final notification of waitlist applicants.
  • We anticipate having the entering class established by May 1.

Contact Information

Robert Laforge, Sc.D.
Professor and Director
Behavioral Science Program
Ph: 401.874.5571

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