Psychology Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


The department offers no terminal master's degree, but students must earn a master's degree as one of the requirements for the PhD degree. To obtain the MA or MS degree, students take the courses required for the specialized field and complete a master's thesis.


Courses Units
Core Courses
PSYCH 401-1 Psychology Proseminar: Biological and Cognitive Bases of Behavior 1
PSYCH 401-2 Psychology Proseminar: Social and Personality Bases of Behavior 1
Additional courses 25
Total Required Units
(Additional course requirements differ for the five program areas. See department guide.)

Other PhD Requirements

  • Examinations: Oral examination on master's thesis; for admission to candidacy, written examination, or paper, and oral examination
  • Research/Projects: In addition to master's project and PhD dissertation, students expected to engage in supervised research projects
  • PhD Dissertation: Result of independent research in specialized field
  • Final Evaluations: Oral examination on dissertation
  • Other: Teaching assignment (see department guide)