Course Requirements

Minimum of 96 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including four credit hours of PSY 599 DISSERTATION RESEARCH. In addition to those courses required for the M.A., the following courses must be completed.

Statistics Courses

Psychology Core

Industrial Psychology Courses


Additional courses with consent of the student’s faculty advisor to attain the required minimum number of credit hours.

Other Program Requirements

Doctoral Candidacy Examination

Designed to assess the student’s knowledge of psychology and the student’s area of specialization. The examination is given in two sections. A section consists of an examination in the areas represented by the required courses in industrial/organizational psychology. The second section is an oral examination in the area of I/0 psychology.

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

Formally given to the student who has successfully passed the Doctoral Candidacy Examination; the student has no more than 5 years from that date to complete requirements for the doctorate.

Candidacy Continuation

Course(s) or candidacy continuation registration required each quarter between admission to candidacy and graduation.


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 Limitation

  1. Between admission to the doctoral 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.