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 within their area.

General Psychology Core

  • PY 629 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PY 630 Affective Neuroscience (clinical students only)
  • PY 650 Cognition and Learning
  • PY 671 History and Systems (clinical students only, if applicable)
  • 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)
  • PY 695 Teaching of Psychology

Research Skills Core

  • PY 607 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PY 602 Advanced Statistics I
  • PY 603 Advanced Statistics II
  • PY 604 Multivariate Methods of Analysis, PY 659, BER 646 Structural Equation Modeling, PY 693 statistics topics, or approved alternative statistics course (see details here:

Advanced Coursework

As applicable:

  • Clinical Core
  • Advanced coursework in
    • Clinical Child
    • Clinical Health
    • Clinical Geropsychology
    • Psychology and Law
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • Development Science

Thesis and Dissertation Hours

  • PY 599 Thesis Research (6 hours)
  • PY 699 Dissertation Research (24 hours)