The graduate 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.
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.
A student wishing to substitute a course for a required course must obtain the approval of his or her advisor and then his or her RIG. The RIG then recommends the substitution to the graduate director, who decides whether or not to approve the recommendation. If the recommendation is not approved by the graduate director, the RIG can appeal to the graduate committee first and the whole faculty after that. If the course used as a substitute is on the same topic as the required course, then the advice of the current instructor of the required course will be sought.
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 Graduate Handbook.