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Psychology

Department of Psychology 2013-2014

Degree Requirements

Master's Degree Requirements

Students earn a master's degree on their way toward obtaining the Ph.D.; however, students are not required to obtain an official master's degree. All students are required to fulfill the requirements for the master's degree, regardless of whether or not they apply for graduation for an official master's degree. Completion of master's degree requirements is required in order to be advanced to preliminary doctoral candidacy. The general requirements for the master's include:

  • 45 total hours of coursework. At least 35 hours must be content courses, i.e., not Independent Study, Independent Research, etc.
  • Major research paper
  • Courses: Although all course requirements apply to obtaining the Ph.D., there are some exceptions.
  • PSYC 4920 Ethics in Psych Research & Practice – This course is required for anyone for whom the Master's degree is a terminal degree. For all others, it is a requirement for the Ph.D.
  • The three statistics courses listed below are a requirement for the Ph.D., but are typically taken before the Masters is obtained
  • PSYC 4295 Statistical Inference
  • PSYC 4300 Correlation and Regression
  • PSYC 4330 Analysis of Variance

Additional requirements specific to the concentration are in the psychology student handbook.

Ph.D. Requirements

In addition to the M.A. requirements, the general requirements for the Ph.D. include:

  • Four core courses (1 from each of 4 categories) & the three statistics classes listed in the master's degree requirements.
  • PSYC 4920 Ethics in Psych Research & Practice
  • Tool Requirement
  • Comprehensive Exams or an Area Paper
  • Dissertation Prospectus and Prospectus Meeting
  • Dissertation and Oral Defense
  • 120 total hours of coursework. At least 75 hours of the required 120 hours must be content courses. Note, at least 60 of these 75 content hours must be taken in the Psychology Department, and approval by your area head is required for any courses taken outside the department. If you use a tuition waiver on a course that is not approved, the department will not cover the additional tuition needed to fulfill the required number of hours with an approved course. Students who have transferred their Masters and 45 credit hours from another university must take a minimum of 40 hours of content courses at the University of Denver, and 25 must be in the Psychology department.

Additional requirements specific to the concentration are in the psychology student handbook.