Department of Psychology

Graduate Program in Psychology

The graduate program in psychology offers training in the behavioral sciences including concentrations in:
 
 
There is a strong emphasis on research, empirical methods, teaching, and presentation skills throughout the duration of graduate studies.
 
In preparation for cross-disciplinary research, all students are required to take and pass one course in each of our four core concentration areas. Additionally, students must pass foundation courses that include statistics, experimental design, and our proseminar. To gain depth as well as breadth in the behavioral sciences, students must also complete 21 credits of electives during their training. In addition to course work and continuous research, during the month of September, all third-year graduate students must pass the qualifying examination. The qualifying exam consists of an NIH-style grant proposal that is evaluated through oral and written examination.
 
The dissertation committee is formed after the student has passed the qualifying examination. This committee must approve the student`s dissertation proposal, and it has full but collaborative control over the nature of that proposal. The committee consists of a chairperson, who is a full member of the graduate faculty; two other members of the department graduate faculty and includes the student’s advisor; and an outside member.
 
When the dissertation is complete, the student and the committee chairperson schedule an oral defense, working in consultation with the other committee members. The date of the oral defense must be and approved by the program director at least four weeks before the defense takes place. All members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend the defense. Every attempt is made by the members of the dissertation committee to reach a unanimous decision, but if this should prove impossible, a student can pass the defense with affirmative votes from three of the four members.