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The Psychology program from University of North Carolina Wilmington focuses on the biological, psychological, behavioral, social and cultural influences on the development, assessment, and treatment of mental health, substance use, and behavioral disorders. See program accreditation information here.

PhD Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Students demonstrate doctoral-level knowledge in the theoretical and empirical frameworks of the science and application of Psychology.
  • Students demonstrate doctoral-level comprehensive knowledge in research design and quantitative methods.
  • Students demonstrate effective communication of empirical findings in writing (in the style of the American Psychological Association) and in oral presentations
  • Students demonstrate doctoral-level ability to critically evaluate research and to independently develop a research plan based on current empirical findings.
  • Students demonstrate doctoral-level knowledge, technical skills, and ethical decisions that are appropriate for the student’s particular concentration.


APA Accreditation

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cognitive Psychology Credits
  • Learning and Behavior Analysis
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Advanced Physiological Psychology 
  • Personality and Social Psychology 
  • Advanced Integrative Study Seminar
  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology 
  • Advanced Research Practicum

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended. 
  • 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application. At least two letters must be from faculty members. 
Additional Requirements
  • Statement of Interest: 500-800 word essay that is composed of your research experiences, other psychology-related experiences, research interests to pursue within graduate school, career goals, and any other additional strengths that will make you an excellent candidate for our graduate program
  • Applicants that have earned a master's degree in psychology are not a candidate for the Ph.D. in Psychology program at UNCW.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18548 USD/year
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  • National

    4720 USD/year
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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