College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Graduate Programs > Psychological Science (MA/PhD) > Degree Requirements
The MA portion of the combined degree program requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours beyond the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
One elective course required, taken during any quarter. The elective can be any graduate-level psychology course, or any graduate-level non-psychology course, with permission from the faculty advisor or program director.
The psychological science faculty consists of members from each of the following major experimental areas: cognition, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology (infant, child, adolescent, and lifespan), social cognition, and social psychology. Students may specialize in an area in which a faculty member has expertise.
This requirement is completed after the student has defended the master's thesis and before defense of the dissertation proposal.
Formally given to the student with satisfactory coursework performance who has successfully completed the master’s thesis and passed the Doctoral Candidacy Examination. The candidate has no more than five years from the date of admission to doctoral candidacy to complete the PhD requirements or dismissal from the program will ensue.
Students denied candidacy will be required to withdraw from the program or withdraw after completion of the MA.
Departmental committee approval and acceptance of topic and outline of dissertation given only after admission to doctoral candidacy. Research for the dissertation should normally be completed during the student’s fourth year in the program.
Student to defend his or her dissertation and to show competence in the general field of psychology and in the area of specialization.
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