Cognitive, Developmental, Social, or General Experimental Psychology Concentration
Entry into the Ph.D. program requires an M.A. in Psychology from UNC Greensboro or from another institution. For students continuing from the M.A. program at UNCG, only courses with grades of B or better may count toward the Ph.D. degree; grades below B in courses that were counted toward the M.A. degree must be replaced by either re-taking the same course or by earning a grade of B or better in a substitute course. Course equivalents are decided according to departmental policy, which varies by course category (e.g. tools courses vs. core courses). A minimum of 71 credits hours are required for the Ph.D. degree.
Students who receive an M.A. from another institution will submit syllabi, thesis document, and other materials for review to determine the portability of their M.A. degree. Typically, students earn credit for the M.A. degree and must complete remaining Ph.D. requirements and a minimum of 35 credits at UNC Greensboro.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a Psychology Department Application Form, which is available at https://psy.uncg.edu/graduate/applying/.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 71 credit hours
Core Courses and Electives (47 credits minimum, including credits acquired in the M.A.)
In addition to core courses and electives taken to satisfy the M.A. requirements, students complete 18-30 credit hours in their area of concentration (cognitive, developmental, social or general experimental) and 18-30 credits outside their area of concentration. Of these credits, only 6 credits of independent study courses (PSY 601 Graduate Problems in Psychology ) can be counted; at least an additional 3 credits of research tools courses beyond the M.A. statistics requirements must be taken; and at least four psychology seminars (PSY 735 Contemporary Problems) must be taken.
Research (24 credits minimum, including credits acquired in the M.A.)
In addition to the thesis completed to satisfy the M.A. requirements, all students complete the following:
|PSY 751||Independent Doctoral Research||1-6|
|PSY 799||Doctoral Dissertation Research||1-24|
|PSY 624||Research Methods in Psychology||3|
This examination is scheduled in consultation with the doctoral advisory committee.