The doctoral program in Psychological Sciences leads to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Its emphasis, however, is on Ph.D. training, and only applicants judged to be capable of completing the doctoral degree are admitted. The M.A. is awarded as a terminal degree only in unusual cases.
Research Interest Groups
Each area of specialization is associated with a Research Interest Group (RIG), consisting of a group of faculty and graduate students with shared research interests. The faculty within each RIG (with the approval from the whole Psychological Sciences faculty) decide upon requirements for the RIG.
The program has a strong research orientation, and whether or not they plan to pursue a research career, students are expected to spend a large portion of their graduate years actively engaged in research.
For detailed information, guidelines and requirements, download the Ph.D. Student Handbook.