To obtain a Ph.D., students with an undergraduate degree will complete at least 14 courses (max. 6 years), while those with a Master’s degree will complete at least 7 courses (max. 4 years).
The Cognitive Program in Psychology provides students with advanced background in cognition, examining mental processes such as learning, perception, attention, memory, decision-making, and language with the option of specializing in cognitive and/or behavioral neuroscience. Research is central in our graduate training in this program. Students begin research immediately and have the chance to work with core cognitive faculty members as well as collaborate with faculty in related programs. With the acquired broad knowledge in cognition and the extensive research experience gained from this program, students acquire the necessary tools to develop their independent research careers.
Students Applying to the Program with an Undergraduate Degree:
Students admitted to the program with an undergraduate degree must fulfill the following requirements to work towards their Ph.D. degree.
a. have their Master’s level courses completed successfully (i.e. with a minimum GPA of 3.25), and
b. Successfully defend their Master’s Thesis or earn departmental approval to proceed to the Ph. D. level courses after completing a “major research paper.”
Students are required to complete a “major research paper” or a Master’s thesis before continuing to the Ph.D. program.
Students whose GPA is below 3.25 may not proceed to take courses to fulfill the requirements of the Ph.D. program. These students will have the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree after successfully defending their Master’s thesis.
Students applying to the Program with a Master’s Degree OR Students who Earned Departmental Approval to Proceed to the Ph. D. Program:
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program with a Master’s degree are expected to
a. complete their course work successfully,
b. pass their comprehensive examinations, and
c. defend their dissertation proposal.
The Ph. D. dissertation should be an original empirical study that has a significant potential to contribution to the scientific literature.
Students in the Ph.D. program must take 3 required courses and 4 electives. Course descriptions are provided below. It may not be possible to offer all the courses listed below. The available courses will be announced at the beginning of each academic year.
Four non-credit courses are required for the completion of the program:
TEACH 500 (Classroom Management and Teaching Skills)
ENGL 500 (Academic Writing)
PSYC 590 Seminar Course (Required in the 1st and 2nd semester of the 1st year)
PSYC 695 Thesis Course (Every semester after completing the Qual Exam)
The courses with a 500 code are offered to students in both Ph.D. and Master’s programs.
Required Courses (3 courses in total from the following :
PSYC 505 Culture and Self
PSYC 509 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 517 Advanced Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSYC 526 Cognitive Models and Theories
PSYC 552 Advanced Social Psychology
PSYC 600 Advanced Research Seminar
ENGL 500 Graduate Writing (non-credit)
Elective Courses (4 courses in total from the following list):
PSYC 506 Policy and Practice in Psychology
PSYC 507 Evolution of Human Mind
PSYC 508 Human Memory
PSYC 511 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 512 Language Development
PSYC 515 Neural Bases of Memory
PSYC 520 Attitudes, Persuasion and Social Influence
PSYC 521 Cognitive development
PSYC 523 Psychology of Close Relationships
PSYC 524 Social Development
PSYC 525 Applied Developmental Psychology
PSYC 527 Conditioning and Learning
PSYC 528 Socialization
PSYC 531 The Role of Culture in the Theories and Methods of Developmental Psychology
PSYC 532 Individual-Environment Interactions in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 534 Selected Topics in Quantitative Psychological Research
PSYC 556 Advanced Organizational Behavior
PSYC 555 Applied Social Psychology
PSYC 565 Selected Current Topics in Social Psychology
PSYC 566 Cross-cultural approaches to Human Resource Management
PSYC 567 Attitudes and Persuasion
PSYC 572 Social Psychological Perspectives in Health Psychology
PSYC 584 Theory and Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 605 Cognitive Psychology and Aging
PSYC 608 Readings and Research in Autobiographical Memory
PSYC 611 Psychology of Stress
PSYC 614 Language-thought interfaces
PSYC 616. Pragmatic development
PSYC 617 Changing Family Structure and Dynamics
PSYC 630 Research Practicum
PSYC 635 Introduction to Behavioral Genetics
PSYC 664 Social Cognition