Course Requirements

Minimum of 76 quarter hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including the following: 

Core Courses

Statistics and Methodology Courses

Other Recommended Courses

Electives

Areas of Specialization

The Experimental faculty consists of members from each of the following major experimental areas: cognition, cognitive neuroscience, child and adult development, emotion and social psychology.  Students may specialize in an area in which a faculty member has expertise.
 
Research experience is considered an integral part of the training and will begin in the first year. Students are expected to begin directed research during their first year under the supervision of an advisor. During their second year, students are expected to conduct research and complete their master’s thesis. Research experience during the third year might involve a continuation of the line of research initiated in the thesis project. Alternatively, students may begin to develop a new line of research in preparation for their dissertation, which is usually conducted during the fourth year. The program incorporates research skills within a major content area in psychology, and thereby prepares students for future employment in a wide variety of scientific, academic, and applied settings.

Other Program Requirements

Doctoral Candidacy Examination or Alternative Project

Also known as the Comprehensive Exam or Alternative Project, this requirement is completed after the student has defended the thesis and before defense of the dissertation proposal.

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

Formally given to the student who has successfully completed required coursework, passed the Doctoral Candidacy Examination or Alternative Project, and completed the Master’s thesis. The student has no more than 5 years from that date to complete requirements for the doctorate.

Candidacy Continuation

Registration in course(s) or for resident or nonresident candidacy continuation required each quarter between admission to candidacy and graduation.

Dissertation

Departmental committee approval and acceptance of topic and outline of dissertation given only after admission to candidacy. Research for the dissertation should normally be completed during the student’s fourth year in the program.

Oral Examination

Student to defend his or her dissertation and to show competence in the general field of psychology and in the area of specialization.

Time Limitations

  1. Between admission to the MA/PhD program and admission to doctoral candidacy: not more than four years
  2. Between admission to candidacy and the final examination: not less than eight months and not more than five years.

PSY 404

LEARNING AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES

Survey of classical and instrumental conditioning, biological constraints, attention, memory,cognition, and practical applications. Major theoretical approaches include stimulus-response, early cognitive theories and information processing theory.

PSY 557

SEMINAR IN LEARNING AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES

Seminar in current issues in cognitive psychology.

PSY 406

PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES

The functional role of neural systems important for the processes of motivation, emotion, sleep, memory, and cognition.

PSY 552

SEMINAR IN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

None

PSY 430

ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Advanced study of social psychological methodology, ethics and deception, attitudes, altruism, aggression, and interpersonal processes and attraction.

PSY 556

SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

None

PSY 439

ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Current research and theories in child development relating to the preschool child, elementary school child, and adolescent. Emphasis on cognitive, language, and social/emotional development.

PSY 588

TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I

Consideration of topics of current interest to the faculty and advanced graduate students. Introduction to research methods and data analysis.

PSY 589

TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY II

Topics in experimental psychology.

PSY 597

MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH

Original investigation of a specific research problem. Four hours required.

PSY 593

PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH

Graduate students in specific doctoral programs are required to register for this course for at least three quarters prior to registering for Psy 598 (Dissertation Seminar) or Psy 599 (Dissertation Research). This course requires full-time (at least 8-12 hours per week) work on research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Zero-credit hours.

PSY 599

DISSERTATION RESEARCH

Four hours total required. One to four hours per quarter.

PSY 410

ADVANCED STATISTICS I

Graphical methods for data display, analysis of variance, multiple comparisons, multifactor analysis of variance, randomized block, repeated measures, and related designs. Cross-listed as SOC 450.

PSY 411

ADVANCED STATISTICS II

Multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, and logistic regression.
Prerequisites:
PSY 410 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 418

MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Multivariate regression, principal component, cluster analysis and multidemensional scaling. Canonical correlation, multivariate analysis of variance, linear discriminant function analysis.
Prerequisites:
PSY 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 419

FACTOR ANALYSIS AND PATH MODELING

Theoretical foundations, methods of analysis, and comparison of various factor analytic models. Structural equation and measurement models using the Mplus/ LISREL program.

PSY 420

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Design and analysis of basic and applied psychological research with an emphasis on statistical software.
Prerequisites:
PSY 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 422

COMPUTING FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST

An introduction to computer programming, web development, and other computer-intensive techniques as applied to behavioral science research.

PSY 435

PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Theory and research on selected aspects of close relationships. Cross-level with PSY 317.

PSY 473

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND DECISION- MAKING

An introduction to research in judgment and choice behaviors. Judgment refers to how people evaluate information and make predictions. Choice concerns how people select a course of action among alternatives. Cross-level with PSY 373.

PSY 554

SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course focuses on special topics in developmental psychology and may cover social, emotional, language, and/or cognitive development during selected portions of the lifespan. Relevant theories and empirical research will be analyzed. Cross-level with PSY 378.

PSY 555

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Focus on development of emotions, social relationships, and social interaction. Both theoretical perspectives and research findings are presented and analyzed. Topics covered may include: primary emotions and their development, nonverbal communication of emotions, socialization within the family, friendship and peer relations, aggression, moral development, sex role development, and attachment. Cross-level with PSY 370.

PSY 560

SOCIAL COGNITION

Theory and research dealing with the major aspects of social cognition and mental control, including social perception, stereotyping, memory and affect. Cross-level with PSY 348.

PSY 561

ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN AND GENDER

A review of research and theory on women, including sexist biases in traditional research, feminist methodology, pedagogy and therapy, violence against women, gender differences in development, relationships, sexuality, and the interplay of gender, race and sexual orientation. Cross-listed with MLS 478 and WGS 470.

PSY 413

ANALYSIS OF LONGITUDINAL DATA

Analysis of changes and time - dependent data.

PSY 414

CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS

Analysis of contingency tables and count data logit, probit and loglinear models.

PSY 426

ADVANCED LANGUAGE SEMINAR: PSYCHOLOGY OF BILINGUALISM

This course presents an introduction to how bilinguals produce and understand language by examining theoretical constructs and research in psycholinguistics. It also explores developmental and methodological issues in bilingualism research.

PSY 437

ADVANCED PERSONALITY

Critical analysis of research in personality with emphasis on the development and testability of major constructs in contemporary research.

PSY 450

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT

Logical and mathematical principles underlying test construction with emphasis on evaluating the reliability and validity of scores.

PSY 520

PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY

Considerations related to minority status and issues specific to diagnostics and interventions with minority populations.

PSY 558

SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STATISTICS

Prerequisites:
PSY 411 and PSY 420 are a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 592

DIRECTED RESEARCH

A-Experimental. B-Learning. C-Social. D-Physiological. E-Personality. F-Psychopathology. G-Community Mental Health. H-Perception. I-Psychotherapy. J-Developmental. K-Industrial/Organizational. The course involves individual projects (non-thesis research) under the supervision of a faculty member. (Arranged by consultation with the chair). One to four quarter hours

PSY 594

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH

A course involving intensive readings in contemporary psychological literature. (Arranged by prior consultation with the chair) . One to four quarter hours

CSC 480

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE I

An in-depth survey of important concepts, problems, and techniques in artificial intelligence, including search, knowledge representation, logical reasoning, and reasoning with uncertainty. A particular focus and a unifying theme of the course will be the concept of intelligent agents. No prior knowledge of AI is required. The course is particularly suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students who want to gain the technical background necessary to build intelligent systems, or who want to prepare for more advanced work in AI. The concepts and techniques learned in this course will be directly applicable to many other areas of computer science including software design, distributed systems, databases, and information management and retrieval. PREREQUISITE(S): CSC 403
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

CSC 587

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

A study of the relationships between our knowledge of human and computer intelligence. Levels of analysis of intelligent system, examples of cognitive models, and exposure to current publications, with an emphasis on those related to human computer interaction. Students will participate in the design and testing of models of human intelligence, bother experimentally and using computer models. PREREQUISITE(S): CSC 403 or HCI 460.
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

HCI 440

INTRODUCTION TO USER-CENTERED DESIGN

The user-interface development process. Introduction to methods for practicing user-centered design including user and task analysis, user interface design principles and testing using low-fidelity prototypes. PREREQUISITE(S): None
Prerequisites:
CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

MKT 545

CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

Required for Marketing concentration. A review of the various theories, models, and techniques that attempt to explain consumer behavior. The course consists of lecture-discussions of behavioral theories, the empirical findings of contemporary research, and case studies designed to illustrate the salient issues involved in developing consumer-oriented marketing strategies.
Prerequisites:
MKT 555 is a prerequisite for this class.

WRD 520

COMPUTERS AND WRITING

Explores the cultural, institutional, professional, and pedagogical implications of digital writing technology, drawing upon theories of technology as well discussions from the field of computers and composition.

WRD 521

TECHNICAL WRITING

An introduction to various aspects of technical writing, including readability, document design, editing and usability.