Ph.D. in Psychological Science

 The Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychological Science is a full-time, four-year program aimed at preparing students for a research-oriented career in academia and applied (non-academic) settings. The program is designed to provide students with closely mentored independent doctoral research and is further augmented by supporting coursework, research discovery expectations, and advanced training in the teaching of psychology. Students who successfully complete the Ph.D. program will posses the knowledge and expertise to conduct ethical psychological research in their specialty area and effectively communicate psychological knowledge and research findings to a diverse audience using written and verbal modalities.

 Disclaimer: Although most students will earn a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychological Science while completing the requirements for the Ph.D., earning the M.S. degree does not guarantee continuation in the Ph.D. program. Students may be required to leave the program after earning their M.S. degree, if the Department of Psychology’s faculty decides the student will not likely make further progress.


Program Objectives

  1. Conduct research or produce some other form of empirical work
  2. Demonstrate mastery of subject content knowledge and research/critical inquiry methodology 
  3. Demonstrate effective written communication of substantive content
  4. Demonstrate effective oral communication of substantive content
  5. Be able to conduct scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner