- The principal goal of the graduate program in Psychology is that of preparing the student for a career contributing to the growth of scientific knowledge in psychology.
- Applicants for admission to graduate status in psychology shall have
- a minimum average of B over-all
- at least 18 credit hours of psychology that must include courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Experimental Psychology or Research Methods.
- Students lacking the necessary preparation must ordinarily make up deficiencies prior to admission to the Graduate School.
- All applicants must present the Graduate Record Examination (Aptitude Tests; Advanced Test in Psychology preferred). In all cases admission to graduate degree programs in Psychology is competitive, since available resources do not permit admission of all qualified applicants.
- The Ph.D. programs are categorized into three Divisions: Health Psychology (including Health Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and Behavioral Neurosciences); Child Psychology (including Clinical Child Psychology, Pediatric Health Psychology, and Applied Developmental Psychology); Adult Psychology (including Adult Clinical Psychology). All clinical Ph.D. programs in Psychology require a minimum of 72 credit hours, including thesis and dissertation credit hours. Non-clinical programs require a minimum of 60 credit hours.
- PSY 680 and PSY 681 will not be counted toward the 72 credit hour minimum.
- A Master of Science in Psychology based upon 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of Master’s thesis research is required in all programs.
- In cases in which a student has a prior graduate degree, the number of credit hours required for the Ph.D. may be reduced at the discretion of the Department.
- All programs in Clinical Psychology require an internship.
- All clinical students must successfully complete:
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Foundation Courses PSY 604 Cognition and Emotion 3 PSY 605 Cognitive Neuroscience 3 PSY 614 Diversity issues in psychology 3 PSY 620 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3 PSY 625 Social Psychology 3 PSY 640 Adult Psychopathology 3 or PSY 641 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Methodological Courses PSY 631 Psychological Statistics, Research Methods, and Design 3 PSY 632 Multiple Regression and Multivariate Statistics 3 PSY 633 Structural Equation Modeling 3 Total Credit Hours 27
Requirements for Cognitive Neuroscience Track (Non-clinical)
- A minimum grade average of B is required for all students.
- All students seeking an advanced degree in Psychology must participate substantially in the teaching of course offerings in the Psychology Department as an essential part of their education.