Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Psychology, Ph.D.


College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Psychology 

Concentrations:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology

 


The Psychology Department graduate major is divided into three broad concentrations: Clinical Psychology; Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology; and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Each of these concentrations offers Ph.D. level training in the following areas of special expertise:

Clinical Psychology–
Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment and Interventions, Health Psychology, Addictive Behaviors, Clinical Child Psychology.

Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology -
Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition, Emotion Processes, Judgment and Decision Making, Development, Memory, Perception, Language, Social-Personality (Stereotyping and Discrimination, Health, Relationships, Gender, Self, Personality). 

Industrial-Organizational Psychology-
Staffing, Measurement & Personnel Testing, Learning, Training & Development, Motivation & Job Attitudes, Teams & Multilevel Organizational Systems, Leadership, Career Development, Work-Family, Occupational Health Psychology, Future of Work. 

Methodological offerings across areas include Regression, Analysis of Variance, Psychometrics, Factor Analysis, Meta-analysis, and Structural Equation Modeling.

 

Accreditation:
Clinical Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Clinical Sciences Accreditation System and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.  See Psychology Admissions webpage for additional details.

  • A statement of purpose.
  • A Psychology Interests and Applicant Summary Form.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • GRE scores optional (see Psychology Admissions website for more information. 
  • A GPA Worksheet with an upper-level undergraduate GPA of 3.40 or better.

Curriculum Requirements


Post-Bachelor’s - Total Minimum Hours: 80 hours

Students must successfully complete all requirements noted in the Catalog section for the M.A. in Psychology, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00. In addition, students must successfully complete the post-master’s requirements listed below. The 30 hours minimum from the master’s degree is then added to the post-master’s minimum of 50 hours for the 80 hour total.

Master’s requirements – 30 Credit hours

  • Doctoral Concentration – 19 Credit hours minimum 
  • Tools or Research Requirement – 6 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Electives – 10 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Dissertation – 12 Credit hours minimum
  • Remaining hours completed in the Concentration to meet minimum hours required – 3 credit hours minimum

Post-Master’s – Total Minimum Hours: 50 hours

Individual concentrations may require more hours for accreditation. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for all courses within the Ph.D. Degree

  • Core – 7 credit hours (Completed as part of the Post-Bachelors requirements – not counted in total minimum post-Master’s hours) 
  • Doctoral Concentration – 19 Credit hours minimum 
  • Tools of Research Requirement – 6 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Electives – 10 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Dissertation – 12 Credit hours minimum
  • Remaining hours completed in the Concentration or with Electives to meet minimum hours required – 3 credit hours minimum
  • A given course may only fulfill one requirement.

Core Requirements (7 Credit Hours)


Typically completed as part of the Master’s requirements (post-Bachelor’s hours):

Doctoral Concentration Requirements (19 Credit Hours Minimum)


Students apply to and enroll in one of the following three concentrations:

Clinical Psychology (19 Credit Hours)


Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology (21 Credit Hours)


Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration (19 Credit Hours)


Tools of Research (6 Credit Hours Minimum):


Students complete tools of research in the area of the concentration, selected in consultation with their Major Professor. These requirements are in addition to any Master’s requirements.

Students in the Clinical Psychology Concentration and the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology Concentration are required to complete nine (9) credit hours minimum. Students may choose from the list of approved courses below. Students wishing to fulfill this methods requirement with any course not listed here must submit a request to their major professor.

Electives: (10 Credit Hours)


Students complete a minimum of tenhours in their concentration area from the following, or acceptable alternatives, selected in consultation with the Major Professor. 

The Clinical Psychology Concentration requires a clinical specialization set of three (3) electives (9 credit hours minimum) with at least two (2) selected from the courses below. The third course, if not taken from the list below, must receive prior approval through a petition of the Clinical Psychology Concentration faculty, but may include a course outside of the concentration or an additional methods/quantitative course.

 

The Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology Concentration and the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration require a minimum of ten hours from the following, or acceptable alternatives, selected in consultation with the major professor:

Internship


Students in the Clinical Psychology Concentration are required to complete a one-year, full-time, APA-approved (or CPA approved) internship (designated as IDS 6940 Cooperative Internship ).  International students must enroll in PSY 6946 Practicum and Internship in Clinical Psychology   for 1 credit hour per semester while on internship.  

Qualifying Examination:


Successful completion of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CL, CNS, IO) or major area paper (CL, CNS) is required for Admission to Candidacy.

Dissertation: (12 Credit Hours Minimum)


Department Handbook


Additional information is available in the Graduate Student Handbook