Experimental 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 complete the following coursework and tasks:

Prefix Title Credits
Core Course: (corresponding to the student's area of study)3
Cognitive Psychology3
Social Psychology3
Engineering Psychology3
Quantitative/Computer Methods Sequence:9
Quantitative Methods in Psychology I3
Quantitative Methods in Psychology II3
Computer Methodology3
Content Courses:9
Sensation and Perception3
History and Systems of Psychology3
Experimental Methods: 6
Methods in Cognitive Psychology3
Methods in Social Psychology3
Teaching of Psychology3
Comprehensive Examination: 1
Work related training requirement: 2
Final Oral Examination: 3
Doctoral Dissertation1-15

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 PSYC 590 Research Seminar in Psychology each semester.

Students should also enroll in at least one credit of the appropriate supervised research course each semester (i.e., PSYC 600 Doctoral ResearchPSYC 698 Special Research Programs, or PSYC 700 Doctoral Dissertation.

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