Graduate Programs

Our faculty members, representing all major areas of psychology, are actively engaged in research and teaching. Graduate degree programs are offered in Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychology.

Both programs are founded on the philosophy that one must become a Psychologist before one can become either a Clinical or Experimental Psychologist. Thus, the first two years are designed to give students a broad background in psychology, and a solid basis in research methodology through a series of required courses, practica, and the master's thesis. For a complete listing and description of these courses, consult the Graduate School catalog.  To apply, visit the Admissions page listed under Graduate Programs and download the application materials for the program you are interested in.  You can also find specific program information in the Departmental Handbook.

During these initial two years, academic advisement is routinely provided by the student's faculty advisor. Although academic advising takes place primarily before the start of each semester, the advisor is available throughout the school year. After the completion of the requirements for a master's degree, counseling and guidance are provided by the student's third-year committee.

During their tenure in the program, students are expected to maintain "B" or better cumulative grade-point averages in the required courses. Additionally, each student's progress through the program is evaluated each semester by the faculty in that student's degree program.

Most graduate students in psychology are full-time students, and as such have quarter-time or half-time appointments as assistants.  Experimental students typically enroll in 6-10 credit hours each semester, and clinical students typically enroll in 10-15 hours per semester. The distinction between full-time and part-time is important, as students must meet the residency requirements specified by the Graduate School.