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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Social Psychology, PhD


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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  >Department of Psychology  >Social Psychology, PhD

Admission Requirements


The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology is offered in the areas of clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. The department of psychology only accepts full-time graduate students.

In addition to meeting the college graduate admission requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the Ph.D. in Psychology program:

Requirements include either a baccalaureate degree in psychology or an undergraduate degree that includes 24 semester hours in psychology; a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; three letters of recommendation; and a goals statement. (Verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing GRE scores are examined separately and evaluated as one information source in the total application.)

The psychology department admits only students whose objective is a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Admission is for the fall semester only, with a January 15 deadline for the Social Psychology program. Prospective students should apply directly to the department.

Between 5 and 10 students are accepted annually from approximately 100 applicants. Successful applicants have approximately a 3.50 (A=4.00) grade point average and average scores in at least the 70th percentile on both the GRE verbal and quantitative tests.

Application information may be found at the Psychology Department website.

Doctor of Philosophy Program


Program Requirements


Master of Arts Degree (36 semester hours)


Doctor of Philosophy Degree (36 semester hours)


Total (minimum) 72


Students must also complete a thesis, dissertation, comprehensive examination, and any special requirements of the major area of concentration.

Special Academic Regulations


Three grades of C or lower during the course of the graduate program are grounds for automatic dismissal. The master’s degree should be completed within two years after admission to graduate school. The Ph.D. degree is expected to be completed by students within four years after admission to graduate school for those areas not requiring internship, externship, or practicum, and within five years after admission for those areas requiring internship, externship, or practicum. The maximum expected time allowed for the completion of the Ph.D. degree after admission is six years for those areas not requiring an internship, externship, or practicum and seven years for those areas requiring internship, externship, or practicum. A satisfactory rate of progress toward completion of the degree requirements is required throughout enrollment. The department may terminate a student’s enrollment at any time if the rate of progress or academic performance is not satisfactory.

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