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Psychology PhD


Please note that the Department of Psychology offers only a PhD. We do not admit students to a terminal master's degree; however, students in the PhD program may earn a master’s degree on the way to their doctorate.

PhD training is intended to produce high levels of expertise in developing and conducting research, analyzing and interpreting data, and interpreting existing theory and research in psychology (i.e., scholarship). Consequently, our curriculum consists of hands-on research experience, high-level graduate seminars in your area of interest, and a certain number of graduate-level foundation courses dealing with quantitative methods and substantive areas of research and theory that are critical for your program goals. The program typically takes students five years to complete, with an additional year of internships for our clinical and counseling students.

Supporting Program Requirement

To help ensure breadth of scholarship, all students in the psychology doctoral program must also satisfy the general distribution requirement by taking five courses in at least four other areas of psychology outside their specialty. In addition to your area's curriculum, PhD students must also complete 12–15 semester credits in a minor or supporting program. If you choose a traditional minor, all work will be in a single field related to the major. If you choose an alternative supporting program, you will take courses in other departments selected to enhance your educational and career interests. You may wish to consider courses in: biology, child development, computer science, educational psychology, genetics, industrial relations, information and decision sciences, management and organization, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, sociology, speech pathology, and/or statistics.

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