Psychology- Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Psychology
100 Psychology Building, 513-529-7224

For information on school psychology, see the educational psychology section.

Admission Requirements

You may enter the program fall semester only; apply by December 1 for the programs in clinical psychology and social psychology and January 1 for the program in brain, cognitive, and developmental science. Minimum requirements include at least one course in mathematics, one in statistics, and one laboratory course in psychology; a 3.00 grade point average (4.00 scale) in the last two undergraduate years; three letters of recommendation; and acceptable scores on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Requirements: Master of Arts

The master's degree, offered only as a requirement toward the Ph.D., requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including 24 semester hours of course work and research plus six hours of thesis. Requirements include the following:

PSY 601Statistics and Methods I3
PSY 602Statistics and Methods II3
PSY 603Proseminar in Psychology I1
PSY 604Proseminar in Psychology II1
PSY 690Research Practicum I1-4
PSY 692Research Practicum II1-3
PSY 700Research for Master's Thesis6-12
Other courses depending on the area of concentration and background.14
Total Credit Hours30-41

There is no terminal master’s degree program.

Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy

The M.A. and Ph.D. are offered in the areas of clinical psychology, social psychology, and brain and cognitive science.

Doctoral status is granted by vote of the graduate faculty based upon evaluations of your academic performance, research capability, and professional qualities. This vote is normally taken upon successful completion of the master’s thesis.

Requirements for the Ph.D. include a minimum of 90 semester hours:

Master's degree30
Course work and research44
Total Credit Hours90

Required courses include those listed above for the master’s degree, continuing research participation in PSY 692, PSY 710, and PSY 850, and additional courses and other requirements depending on your area of concentration and background. In addition to the requirements of the department and graduate school, each program has specific course requirements.

You must demonstrate motivation and ability to accomplish independent and original research, high academic performance, and professional qualities and standards of conduct appropriate to the discipline.