Students entering with a master's degree in the area of graduate work are admitted into a PhD program with a two-year residency requirement, while those entering without a relevant master's degree have a three-year residency requirement. In addition to the dissertation, which is the major requirement of this program, students in the PhD program must complete the following classes if not completed as part of the master’s degree:
- Psychology 6100.06: Principles of Neuroscience
- Psychology 7100.03: Seminar in Teaching Effectiveness
- Psychology 7501.03: Proseminar in Methods of Psychological Inquiry I
- 7502.03: Proseminar in Methods of Psychological Inquiry II (Must be completed in the same year as 7501).
The Graduate Program Coordinator, in collaboration with the student and supervisor, will assess the needs of the student and determine any other requirements beyond the minimum outlined above. Advanced standing for some work completed during the master’s program may be granted.
The major, non-dissertation, component of the PhD program are the comprehensive projects. PhD students must complete three comprehensive 'examination' projects that are not directly related to their dissertation research, with at least one supervised within Psychology and at least one supervised in one of the other participating departments. These may be actual examinations, review papers, empirical research, grant proposals, etc., and the student's plan must meet with approval of the Psychology Department and the NPC.
During each residency year in the PhD program, students are required to serve as a teaching assistant in our undergraduate program.
For each year that you are in the PhD program you are required to register for thesis (Psychology 9530), and during the residency years you must attend a colloquium series.