Graduate Program FAQs


Graduate Program

Graduate study has been a part of the UCCS Psychology Department since 1977.  At one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado and the U.S., you'll learn from our faculty in an environment designed for learning, research and student success – smaller class sizes than our peer institutions and the ability to connect one-on-one with your professors and supervisors. The academics are challenging. UCCS has a selective admissions process that examines your past work, so UCCS isn't for everyone. But if you're up for the challenge and a chance to succeed, we look forward to reviewing your application and hopefully seeing you on campus soon.

For further information, please contact the Psychology Graduate Program Assistant:

Mr. David DuBois
Program Assistant I
Psychology Department
Office: Columbine Hall 4037
Phone: (719) 255-4500

* The GRE will not be required for Fall 2022 graduate student applications at this time. This applies to all psychology programs applications: PhD, MA Clinical, and MA Psychological Science.

Which faculty members are accepting new graduate students FALL 2023?
What is the accreditation status of the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology?
How are Ph.D. students funded?
How are M.A. students funded?
Is my acceptance into the M.A. program or Ph.D. program contingent upon working with a specific professor or research mentor?
How many students are in the incoming classes for the M.A. program and the Ph.D. program?
What is the difference between the Counseling Masters degree (in the UCCS College of Education) or the Social Work Masters degree (in the UCCS School of Public Affairs) and the MA degree in Clinical Psychology?
What is the best way for me to become a psychologist?
Will I get credit for the graduate degree I have in another area of psychology or another discipline?
Can I go part time to get my M.A. or Ph.D. in your program?
As a Ph.D. student, will I have enough time to work off-campus?
May students switch from the clinical track to the psychological science track or vice versa once accepted into to or enrolled in the program?
Can students do thesis research with any faculty member in the department?
Do students often publish with faculty mentors?
How many credits must I take to qualify for financial aid or be considered full time?
How does full-time/part-time status affect financial aid?
What is the atmosphere like in the department? Between students? Between student and faculty?
When I complete the terminal M.A. program (clinical track) can I sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam in Colorado?
What are thesis credits, dissertation credits, and research practicum credits? And when should I take them?
Because clinical students take many more courses than psychological science students, what are psychological science students supposed to do with all that extra time?
Can students switch tracks from the Clinical PhD program in Geropsychology to Trauma Psychology or vice versa?
Does the program have qualifying/comprehensive exams and how are they structured?
What are tuition rates?
What classes should I take?
Do you have information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program? Or any loan repayment programs?