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The PhD in Psychology requires a minimum of 75 semester credits of graduate work beyond the baccalaureate, including a dissertation based on the student’s original research. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred into the Applied Social and Cultural Psychology major from a completed master’s degree program with the approval of the major director.

A student must enroll for dissertation credits after completing all coursework, passing the candidacy examination and being advanced to candidacy. Dissertation credits cannot be taken before advancement to candidacy. After a doctoral student is admitted to candidacy, continuous registration for at least three dissertation credits is required until the dissertation requirement is fulfilled.


For more information about Psychology programs, consult the Graduate Catalog. Information about this PhD track has not yet been added to the catalog; it will appear in the 2021-22 edition.

Required Courses

Applied Social and Cultural Psychology doctoral students are required to complete the 15 credits of departmental core course requirements established across majors in the Department, along with more specialized content courses and courses involving directed independent effort, as listed below, for a total of 75 credits:

  • Common Core Courses (12 credits)
    • PSY 5939 Special Topics in Psychology: Quantitative Methods I
    • PSY 5939 Special Topics in Psychology: Quantitative Methods II
    • PSY 5246C Multivariate Analysis in Applied Psychological Research
    • SOP 5058 Proseminar in Social Psychology
  • Applied Social and Cultural Psychology Content Courses (18 credits)
    • PSY 5605 Proseminar in History and Systems of Psychology
    • SOP 5316 Theories and Methods of Cross-Cultural Research
    • PSY 6919 Current Research Topics in Psychology
    • CLP 5007 Psychological Clinical Science I: Historical Perspectives and Current Controversies
    • CLP 6530 Dissemination and Implementation of Research
    • CYP 6936 Current Issues in Community Psychology
  • Breadth Requirements (9 credits)

    One course from each of the below categories, or other courses approved by the major director

    • Identity (choose 1)
      • DEP 5325 Proseminar in Identity Development
      • WST 5936 Women & Leadership
    • Social Justice (choose 1)
      • SOP 5726 Proseminar on the Psychology of Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
      • CYP 6766 The Psychology of Crosscultural Sensitization in a Multicultural Context
    • Methods (choose 1)
      • PSY 5930 Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
      • CYP 6526 Psychological Methods of Program Evaluation
  • Electives (6 credits)

    6 credits from the below from the below or other courses approved by the major director

  • Supervised Research Courses (15 credits)

    Information coming soon

  • Master's Project

    Information coming soon

  • Comprehensive Exam

    Information coming soon

  • PSY 7980 Dissertation Research (15 credits)

    Information coming soon

  • Additional Requirements

    All students must also complete specific major requirements one semester prior to graduation. This will include:

    1. Diversity Statement
    2. One of the following written documents:
      • Manuscript for publication that reflects elements of “public psychology,” namely:
        (1) Centering social problems
        (2) Engaging diverse publics in knowledge creation
        (3) Communicating and democratizing psychological knowledge
        (4) Rethinking what constitutes psychology (see Eaton et al., 2021)
    3. One of the following public engagement activities:
      • Public workshop
      • White paper
      • Policy brief
      • Op-Ed

    Additional public engagement activities for the ASCP Major Portfolio will be approved on a case-by-case basis; the approval memo must be signed by a minimum of two Core ASCP Faculty members for activities not listed above.