College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The goal of the doctoral program is to train students in the principles and applications of psychology. The program provides knowledge of the basic content areas in psychology and practical experience in applying this knowledge to solving human problems in life, work, and school. The program offers the following concentrations: applied developmental psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience (formerly biopsychology), clinical psychology, human factors/applied cognition, and industrial/organizational psychology.

Reduction of Credit

For students entering the doctoral program with a master’s degree, the number of credits required may be reduced by a maximum of 30 credits subject to the approval of the program faculty and the dean. Requests for reduction of credit are reviewed by a committee only after acceptance to the PhD program.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required course work chosen in one of five concentrations from the list to the right.

The PhD program has four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation. Prior to dissertation work, students are advanced to candidacy.

Students in the doctoral program are evaluated on the basis of grades, comprehensive exams, research, and communication skills. In doctoral courses, A and B are the only acceptable grades. Students in the doctoral program must successfully complete comprehensive exams administered each year.

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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