All graduate students complete the general psychology core, the research skills core, a master’s thesis, and a doctoral dissertation. Cognitive psychology students also attend a weekly research seminar and complete advanced coursework as indicated under the heading “Advanced Coursework.”

The department also offers a combined cognitive-developmental science curriculum.

General Psychology Core

  • PY650 Cognition and Learning
  • PY629 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • One of: PY652 Life-Span Developmental Psychology, PY672 Advanced Social Psychology
  • PY670 Perception

Research Skills Core

  • PY607 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PY602 Advanced Statistics I
  • PY603 Advanced Statistics II
  • PY604 Multivariate Methods of Analysis, PY659/BER558 Psychometrics, BER646 Structural Equation Modeling, PY693 statistics topics, or approved alternative statistics course (must be individually approved in advance by the Graduate Statistics Committee)

Advanced Coursework

  • PY654, 655, and 656 Seminar in Psychology (12 hours on experimental psychology topics are required, with at least 9 of them on cognitive psychology topics). Topics may include Visual Cognition, Creativity, Cognitive Development, Memory, Decision-making Cognitive Aging, etc.
  • PY695 Teaching of Psychology
  • Elective (3 hours, graded)
  • PY625 Contemporary Issues in Cognitive Psychology (3 hours total)
  • PY698 Graduate Research (3 hours)

Thesis and Dissertation Hours

  • PY599 Thesis research (6 hours)
  • PY699 Dissertation research (24 hours)