Graduate Curriculum

All graduate students complete the general psychology core, the research skills core, a master’s thesis, and a doctoral dissertation. In addition, clinical students complete the clinical core and a year-long clinical internship. Students in each of the clinical and experimental areas also complete advanced coursework in their area.

General Psychology Core

  • PY 370 History and Systems (clinical students only, if applicable)
  • PY 629 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PY 650 Cognition and Learning
  • Two of PY 670 Perception, PY 652 Affect and Lifespan Developmental Psychology, PY672 Advanced Social Psychology (some areas require 2 specific courses from this set)

Research Skills Core

  • PY607 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PY602 Advanced Statistics I
  • PY603 Advanced Statistics II
  • PY604 Multivariate Methods of Analysis, PY659, BER646 Structural Equation Modeling, PY693 statistics topics, or approved alternative statistics course (see details here: https://psychology.ua.edu/graduate-studies/statistics-minor/)

Advanced Coursework

As applicable:

  • clinical core
  • PY695 Teaching of Psychology
  • advanced coursework in
    • clinical child
    • clinical health
    • clinical geropsychology
    • psychology and law
    • cognitive psychology
    • social psychology
    • development science

Thesis and Dissertation Hours

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