The Department of Psychology offers doctoral programs in clinical, industrial organizational, and experimental psychology. The clinical program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training. All doctoral programs offer the master’s degree as a step toward the Ph.D. and require a research thesis for the master’s degree. For the Ph.D., you must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination, a scholarly tool, and a research dissertation. A one-year internship at an APA-accredited facility is also required for the clinical Ph.D. All doctoral candidates are required to do teaching, professional, or clinical work under supervision, the specific amount to be determined by past experience and needs, but not less than the equivalent of three academic quarters of work.
When you apply for graduate study, you are expected to have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) of undergraduate psychology, including a course in statistics and one in experimental psychology. You must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (including the general test and the subject test in psychology), transcripts of all academic work, three letters of recommendation from psychologists, and a statement of your personal goals and interests. You also must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 3.3 in psychology. If you apply for the doctoral program with a master’s degree from another university, you must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.4.