- Master of Arts in Psychology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
- Concentration in Clinical Psychology
- Concentration in Community Psychology
- Concentration in Clinical/Community Psychology
- Concentration in Clinical/Neuropsychology
- Concentration in Developmental Psychology
- Concentration in Neuroethics
- Concentration in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
- Concentration in Cognitive Sciences Psychology
- Dual Master of Public Health / Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Concentration in Community Psychology
Chris Henrich, Chair
Lindsey Cohen, Director of Graduate Studies
The Department of Psychology offers courses of study leading primarily to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. A Master of Arts (M.A) degree is completed by students as part of their courses of study. The master’s level education of graduate students focuses upon basic psychological knowledge and methodologies common to the science and profession of psychology across program areas. Although students typically begin specialized coursework at this level, the master’s degree is intended as preparation for continued learning in pursuit of the doctoral degree. Doctoral-level study then provides students the opportunity to acquire the additional knowledge and skills necessary for professional careers in teaching, research, clinical service, and consultation.
The doctoral-level education of advanced graduate students focuses upon specialized coursework and supervised experiences in the department’s five program areas. The program areas are Clinical Psychology, Community Psychology, Clinical/Community Psychology, Clinical/Neuropsychology, Developmental Psychology, Neuroethics, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Cognitive Sciences Psychology. The areas of specialization within the programs are defined by the interests and expertise of the faculty and, thus, will change within a scholarly context that encourages diversity, growth, and change.
The facilities of the department permit work in cognition, development, behavioral neuroscience, neuropsychology, learning, infant behavior, sensation and perception, motivation, aging, social psychology, assessment, individual psychotherapy, group and family therapy, behavior therapy, and community psychology. Students may work with both human and nonhuman populations. Human populations include all age ranges and a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Nonhuman populations include several rodent and primate species.
The graduate program in clinical psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Psychology by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.
Policy on Non-Degree Admission
Students may take no more than six hours of coursework in non-degree status without petitioning the department for an exception to this policy. Students enrolled in non-degree status in a psychology graduate course may not at the same time be applicants to a degree program and may not apply for admission to a graduate degree program in the department for one year following the semester in which the non-degree course was taken. Applications for non-degree admission may be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences. Application deadlines for non-degree status are the same as the general deadlines for the College of Arts and Sciences and can be found in the section of the catalog entitled “Admission Policies.”
Applications for all programs are considered for the fall semester only. The Application for Graduate Study, $50 application fee, and all supporting materials (transcripts, GRE scores, letters, and supplemental form) must be postmarked by the posted deadline for admission the following fall.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Psychology has the following requirements:
- Applicants are expected to have a background in psychology, although an undergraduate major is not required. A minimum of four courses is required: psychological statistics, a course in research methods in psychology, plus two or more content courses in psychology at the junior or senior level. It is recommended that applicants to the clinical program take abnormal psychology as one of the content courses.
- The applicant must submit scores that are well above average on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination.
- A student in possession of a graduate degree or coursework who is admitted to graduate study may be accorded advanced standing after an evaluation of previous graduate work. The evaluation ordinarily will be conducted during the first semester of enrollment. If the student’s previous graduate work did not include courses equivalent to the required core courses and a thesis, these will be required. Students given full credit for master’s work elsewhere will have one year in which to complete all work stipulated as conditions of admission or transfer of credit.
- Each student must fill out the Supplementary Form for Graduate Study in Psychology.
Master of Arts (33)
A complete statement of the departmental requirements for the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees may be obtained from the Department of Psychology. General requirements are indicated below. Satisfactory progress through the program is expected in a timely manner, and when students fail to meet progress guidelines set by the department they may be dismissed. Furthermore, there are departmental regulations concerning maintenance of active status, leaves of absence, and reentry into the program. Graduate students must be aware of these regulations. The M.A. degree requires a thesis and 33 hours of coursework as outlined below:
- Fifteen hours of core courses.
- Twelve additional hours of graduate psychology courses.
- Six hours of PSYC 8999 Master’s Thesis Research.
- A thesis.
- A thesis defense.
Doctor of Philosophy
A minimum of 95 post baccalaureate hours, the majority of which must be taken at Georgia State University, are required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Credit for up to 30 hours is possible for students with master’s degrees from other institutions with the approval of the departmental Graduate Program Committee and the Office of Graduate Services of the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon petition, 6 hours of work may be taken at other institutions. Students meeting particular program area requirements frequently find it necessary to take more than the minimum of 95 hours of credit.
Additional requirements include:
- A master’s degree based on a written thesis.
- A minimum of one year’s full-time residence.
- Sixty-two credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree.
- Nine hours of PSYC 9980 Readings for General Examination.
- Twenty hours of PSYC 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
- A general examination, which consists of both written and oral parts, to be taken after the student has completed the coursework required by the program.
- A dissertation.
- A dissertation defense.
- Clinical Psychology students: one year of internship at a site approved by the American Psychological Association.
Dual Master of Public Health / Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Concentration in Community Psychology
The PhD/MPH enables participating students to complete both programs in an average of four and half years rather than six. The SPH requires that all MPH candidates earn at least 42 credits hours: 24 hours of core requirements (16 hours of core courses, 3 hours of research methods, 2 hours of practica, and 3 hours to complete a thesis/capstone) and 18 hours filled by taking required concentration core and elective courses in the HPMB or EPID concentrations. For students enrolled in the PhD/MPH program, the SPH will accept as course credit 12 semester hours of qualifying Comm PSYC courses for the HPMB concentration and 9 credit semester hours for the EPID concentration. Students must earn a grade of B or better to receive MPH credit for Comm PSYC course work.
The CPP requires that all PhD candidates earn at least 95 credit hours (33 hours for the MA degree and then 62 hours for the PhD): 18 credit hours are core courses, 3 credit hours for a required research methods course, 6 hours of statistics, 5 hours to complete a thesis project, 12 hours of other PSYC courses, 12 hours of electives, 9 hours of practicum, 9 hours of reading for general exams and 20 hours of doctoral dissertation research. For students enrolled in the PhD/MPH program, the CPP will accept as course credit 30-33 hours (for HPMB) or 33-36 hours (for EPID) of qualifying public health courses from the MPH curriculum to be credited towards the requirement for the PhD in Comm PSYC. Students must earn a grade of B or better to receive CP credit for their MPH course work.