Doctor of Philosophy
Students seeking the Ph.D. degree must complete a total of 69 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree including 9 credits of a sub-specialty outside the School of Education and up to 12 credits in dissertation research.
Students without adequate background in specific areas of the program may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimum. Up to 24 graduate credits from a completed master's degree program may be applied toward the minimum requirements of 72 hours beyond the bachelor's degree. This is normally done by accepting the master's degree required for admission.
During the first semester of enrollment, each student is assigned to a Guidance Committee, which has the responsibility of developing a total curriculum for the student.
At various points in their studies, doctoral students must pass both written and oral qualifying examinations. These examinations fall into three categories: preliminary, comprehensive, and oral defense of dissertation.
The preliminary examination will be administered after students have completed 25 per cent of the required course work. It will cover subfields of psychology and aspects of the major field of study.
The comprehensive examination is administered at the completion of all course work for the degree. It will cover in-depth the major field. Candidates must pass this examination within five calendar years after the beginning of the first term during which credit that is counted toward the degree was earned.
The oral examination is based primarily on the candidate's field of research and related areas of study.
Students whose performance on the preliminary or comprehensive examination is unsatisfactory may request reexamination after a minimum of one term. Failure to pass the second examination constitutes cause for removal from the program at the option of the Examining Committee and/or the Dean. The accumulated course work may be applied to either the M.Ed. or the Advanced Certificate program in the School of Education if recommended by the Department.
Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge in a foreign language (other than the native language), in which there exists a significant body of literature in the major area. In lieu of a foreign language, students may complete six credits in one of the three following areas, unless the course is a requirement in the major or minor area of study: advanced computer technology, statistics and research methodology, and educational evaluation and systems analysis.
These are the areas of concentration, along with specific course requirements .
Counseling Psychology : 218-206, 253-228, 253-320, 253-327 (or 218-220), 253-340, 253-432, 253-424, 253-425, (or 218-233), 253-440, 253-444, 253-490, 253-500, 253-501, 253-509, 253-520, 253-540; a minor specialty must be developed in an area supportive of the student's professional objectives; an internship is required; dissertation credit is limited to 12 credit hours.
Educational Psychology : 253-320, 253-321, 253-400, 253-402, 253-420, 253-421, 253-455, 253-500, 253-501, 253-509, 253-520; major electives must be chosen so as to develop a focus in one of the following areas: measurement and evaluation, human learning and cognition, human development, research design and statistics; dissertation credit is limited to 12 credit hours.
School Psychology : 218-206, 253-228, 243-330, 253-420, 253-421, (or 218-233), 253-420, 253-421, 253-430, 253-432, 218-296, 253-500, 253-501, 253-509, 253-520, 253-521; a minor emphasis (9 crs.) must be developed in an area outside the School of Education but supporting the student's professional objectives.