Overview of the Requirements by Year:
- The student takes an orientation course during the first week of the semester, one or two core courses in cognitive, developmental, or social/health psychology, and a statistics or methods course.
- The student chooses an advisor and committee.
- A first-year research project is designed, conducted, and the results are written up as a research paper and presented in a spring brown bag to the department.
- A second-year research project is designed, conducted, written up as a research paper, and presented in a spring brown bag to the department.
- Coursework continues, typically 2 courses per semester. The student takes one or two core courses, and a statistics or methods course.
- The student also takes the teaching practicum class, which typically involves acting as a TA for a class. Students must take this class three times during their residency in the program.
- Research continues. Coursework continues, as agreed upon by student and committee.
- A literature review paper is proposed and completed by August 15th. The student continues the teaching practicum class.
Year 4 and 5
- The dissertation topic is selected and presented formally to the student’s committee in an oral and written format.
- The dissertation research is conducted, completed, and defended.
- Reading and research activity is expected in the summer.
- Students are required to attend department colloquia.