Behavioral Science

Doctoral Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

The Behavioral Science program at the University of North Texas is unique.

While most programs are highly focused, we expose you to a variety of content areas, including cognition, social, developmental, motivation, health and neuroscience. This approach allows you to pursue a focus with a fully informed background and better prepares you to work in collaborative research environments.

A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Behavioral Science will help you move into prominent roles as a researcher or professor at a university or as a research consultant with a counseling center, hospital, mental health center, medical school or rehabilitation services agency.

While pursuing your degree, you gain competence in research through course work, individual work with faculty members, vertical research teams led by faculty members and informal research experiences. The individual work is conducted simultaneously with projects leading to publication or grant application. You’re expected to participate in research with faculty members throughout your tenure in the program.

We provide specialized training in human research while staying flexible to allow the development of individual interests. For example, you may conduct research in memory and cognition, investigate stress and its physiological consequences, adolescent alcohol use or cardiovascular consequences of effort.

Key research areas for our faculty members include:

  • Adult development
  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Personality disorders
  • Physiological psychology
  • Traumatology

The program offers many teaching opportunities and support for professional development, and it maximizes training for research.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You need to meet the minimum requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the department’s specific requirements. Graduate school requirements and possible exceptions are outlined at The department’s requirements include submitting:

  • Completed department application
  • Current résumé
  • A statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores

Undergraduates planning to apply for graduate training should take the GRE during their senior year.

Admission to this program is a committee decision and not determined by any one criterion or quantitative measure of achievement. Meeting minimum criteria doesn’t guarantee admission.

Degree requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree that includes:

  • 23 credit hours in general core psychology courses
  • 15 credit hours in Behavioral Science core courses
  • 22 credit hours of courses in a specialization
  • 12 credit hours for a minor from another academic department
  • 6 credit hours of integrated electives in psychology
  • 12 credit hours for a dissertation

Financial assistance

Financial support for doctoral students is often provided through teaching and research assistantships, teaching fellowships and scholarships.

Doctoral students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for a university fellowship, which can award up to $16,000 each year for three years. This fellowship also qualifies them for additional financial aid from teaching or research assistantships in the department.

Competitive scholarships are available from the graduate school and other sources.