Catalog Year: 2020-2021
The PhD in psychology provides knowledge of the basic content areas in psychology and practical experience in applying this knowledge to solve human problems in relationships, work, and education. Core course requirements cover subject matter identified by the profession as essential to doctoral training. This includes biological, social, cognitive, and individual bases of behavior, as well as the history of psychology. The program offers the following concentrations: applied developmental psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, human factors/applied cognition, and industrial/organizational psychology.
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Total credits: 72-76
Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.
In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required coursework chosen in one of five concentrations. Each concentration consists of four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation.
The industrial/organizational psychology concentration focuses on multiple aspects of behavior in organizational settings, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work and family issues, and organizational health issues. Mason’s graduate work in this area emphasizes research as the key to knowledge in both academic and applied settings. The program fosters a peer-oriented environment whereby students collaborate on numerous projects in addition to working with faculty members, in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.
Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of coursework and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.
|PSYC 703||Social Bases of Behavior||3|
|PSYC 557||Psychometric Methods||3|
|PSYC 611||Advanced Statistics||4|
|PSYC 633||Evaluative Research in Psychology||3|
|PSYC 754||Multiple Regression||3|
|Select two additional specialized statistics courses from the following:||6|
|Longitudinal Data Analysis|
|Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology|
|Structural Equation Modeling and Meta-Analysis|
|Special Topics in Psychology (when topic is Specialized Statics)|
|PSYC 631||Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation||3|
|PSYC 636||Survey of Industrial Psychology||3|
|PSYC 639||Survey of Organizational Processes||3|
|PSYC 739||Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
Students taking 12 credits of specialized content may take an additional 3 credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research.
|Select four to five courses of specialized content from the following:||12-15|
|Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation|
|Behavior in Small Groups and Teams|
|Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches|
|Issues in Personnel Psychology|
|Psychology of Work Motivation|
|Behavior and Performance at Work|
|Special Topics in Psychology|
|PSYC 890||Seminar in Professional Psychology||3|
|PSYC 892||Special Topics in Psychology||6|
|PSYC 850||Teaching Practicum in Psychology (take at least 1 credit)||1|
Select one from the following:
|Practicum in Applied Psychology|
|Directed Reading and Research|
PSYC 730& PSYC 897
|Practicum in Applied Psychology
and Directed Reading and Research
Students taking 12 credits of specialized content may take an additional 3 credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research. Students must obtain faculty approval before registering for PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research Except in rare circumstances, students will not receive credit for taking a directed readings course that is regularly offered as a content course.
Students complete the remaining credits required for this degree through additional coursework, within or outside the department in a content area, professional development, or dissertation, with prior approval of the advisor.
To advance to candidacy, students must complete all core courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.
The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Research. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation.
Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and 3 credits of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.
|Select 12 credits from th efollowing:||12|
|Doctoral Dissertation Proposal|