The Ph.D. program in Psychology at the University of West Georgia is focused on the study of Consciousness and Society. Our department’s approach to psychology is grounded in a distinctively human science which includes humanistic, transpersonal, existential, phenomenological, dialogical, and critical perspectives. We support doctoral students in addressing the relationship between theory and praxis through ethically-informed and community-engaged scholarship and research, which often employ qualitative, theoretical, and participatory methods. Our program educates future scholars and practitioners at the highest level of the discipline to make original contributions to theory and knowledge. West Georgia’s psychology Ph.D. graduates go on to serve as researchers, consultants, leaders, and teachers who can creatively facilitate transformations in a global society.
An overview of the qualities and criteria we look for in admitting prospective students to our doctoral program, as well as the instructions and procedures on how to apply to our Ph.D. program.
Mission and Vision
A brief history of the conception of the doctoral psychology program at West Georgia, a description of the core values guiding our curricula, and the main objectives that we aim to help our doctoral students achieve as they pass through the Ph.D. program.
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The graduate colloquium was established in spring 2019 as a monthly event of the department. Master and PhD students can present a research project at any stage of development (be it the first ideas and plans, be it a full-fledged proposal), a conference presentation (planned or already held), or a final paper from a graduate class formulating original ideas.
Click here for a list of the completed dissertation titles of students who have passed through our doctoral program, to demonstrate the innovative theoretical and empirical work created by our Ph.D.s.
Current Ph.D. students working on their dissertation can consult UWG's Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Guidelines Handbook
Are you an undergraduate student looking for a course overload form, class waitlist link, major/minor declaration instructions, etc? Or a graduate student looking for an independent study form, Graduate Assistantship form, dissertation proposal or comprehensive exam forms, travel reimbursement forms for conferences, etc? Browse here for all the forms and links you need in one convenient place!
A conversation with Dr. Marie-Cécile Bertau
A welcome video by the director of the Ph.D. Program of Psychology at the University of West Georgia.
Psychology Associations & Conferences
Associations and conferences in which our doctoral students and faculty frequently participate. Feel free to contact us to add more resources to this list.
APA Division 27 - Community Psychology