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As they gain knowledge from highly accomplished faculty members, students in the Psychology (PhD Thesis) program will learn specialized training and scientific methods to collect data and perform research in three areas. Brain and Cognitive Science looks at the mental processes and brain structures involved in movement, perception, learning, memory, and understanding language. Industrial-Organizational Psychology is concerned with individual and group behaviour, as well as the relationships of organization-wide variables to individuals and groups in work settings. Social and Theoretical Psychology involves social and cultural relations, as well as foundational and philosophical questions in psychology.
Courses: Topics may include research design and methodology, brain and cognitive sciences, industrial/organizational psychology and more.
Medical Imaging: Students take a course sequence in medical imaging in additional to the core requirements of the psychology program.
Industrial Organization: Students take courses in research methods and statistics, industrial/organizational psychology and more.
Research Proposal: Students must formally present a thesis proposal within 20 months after admission to the program.
Candidacy: Students are expected to complete both oral and written candidacy exams within 24 months after admission to the program.
Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Universities, research centers, the government, private businesses.
A PhD in psychology is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Six courses minimum
A minimum of 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A thesis-based Master’s degree in Psychology or equivalent. An undergraduate course in statistics/experimental design
A one-page research proposal that is used to determine research area of interest and to assess scientific thinking.
Two academic letters
Students not having an undergraduate or graduate degree in Psychology must write the Psychology Subject Test.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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