Psychology - Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. in psychology is offered in the major areas of cognitive, engineering and social psychology. Ph.D. candidates are required to:

Core Course: (corresponding to the student's area of study)
Cognitive Psychology3
Social Psychology3
Engineering Psychology3
Quantitative Methods Sequence:
PSY 507Quantitative Methods in Psychology I3
PSY 508Quantitative Methods in Psychology II3
PSY 509Quantitative Methods in Psychology III3
Content Courses:9
Sensation and Perception3
Behavioral Neuroscience3
Human-Computer Interaction3
Human Memory3
Developmental Psychology3
History and Systems of Psychology3
Cognitive Neuroscience3
Experimental/Quantitative Methods: (additional)6
Computer Methodology3
Methods in Cognitive Psychology3
Methods in Social Psychology3
Teaching of Psychology3
Comprehensive Examination: 1
Work related training requirement: 2
Final Oral Examination: 3
Doctoral Dissertation15

 pass written and oral components of the comprehensive exam


 complete a work-related training requirement (i.e. complete an internship of at least 10 weeks duration, or teach at least one 3-credit undergraduate course independently: pre-teaching requirements listed here)


pass a final oral examination that consists primarily of an evaluation of the dissertation and the candidate's defense of it, but may extend over the entire field of the candidate's study,

Students are encouraged to register for one credit of PSY 590 Research Seminar in Psychology each semester.

Graduate courses fall into five categories:

Core: PSY 524 Cognitive Psychology, PSY 527 Social Psychology, PSY 547 Engineering Psychology

Quantitative methods: PSY 507 Quantitative Methods in Psychology I, PSY 508 Quantitative Methods in Psychology II, PSY 509 Quantitative Methods in Psychology III

Experimental Methods: PSY 510 Computer Methodology, PSY 523 Methods in Cognitive Psychology, , PSY 550 Teaching of Psychology

Content: PSY 520 Learning, PSY 522 Sensation and Perception, PSY 525 Behavioral Neuroscience, PSY 530 Human-Computer Interaction, PSY 531 Human Memory, PSY 535 Developmental Psychology, PSY 540 History and Systems of Psychology, PSY 543 Cognitive Neuroscience,

Supervised research (PhD)PSY 600 Doctoral ResearchPSY 698 Special Research Programs, PSY 700 Doctoral Dissertation

When offered, PSY 570 Special Topics may be considered content, quantitative methods, or experimental methods, depending on the specific course content.