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Doctor of Philosophy - Psychology


Plan Description


The Graduate Faculty of the Department of Psychology is comprised of a group of dedicated individuals who have received their training at outstanding graduate programs. We continue to recruit accomplished scholars who will enhance the quality and diversity of the graduate experience available to our students. The department is committed to providing our graduate students with a high quality program balanced across classroom, laboratories, and other research settings; and for clinical students, various practicum placements. The department currently offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees through the Clinical and Experimental Psychology Tracks.

The UNLV Clinical Psychology Tracks prepare students to address human concerns through both scholarly research and the application of psychological knowledge and skills. We recognize psychology as an empirical science and expect students to have a broad understanding of existing psychological knowledge. We guide students to base their scholarly and professional activity on the scientific foundation of psychology. Through an integration of didactic study, supervised clinical activity, and mentored scholarly research, we prepare students as generalist scientist-practitioners to conduct scientific research and clinical interventions with children and adults.

The UNLV Experimental Psychology Tracks train research psychologists for employment in academic and nonacademic settings. The objective is to produce graduates who will be prepared for a variety of research settings, with a strong emphasis on statistical and methodological skills. This is a mentored program. Each admitted student will work directly with a specific faculty member who will oversee his/her training.

Learning Outcomes: Clinical Psychology

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Learning Outcomes: Experimental Psychology

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Plan Admission Requirements


Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Clinical Psychology Tracks
The Clinical Psychology Tracks currently admit only students seeking a doctoral degree. The program admits students for matriculation only in the fall semester. The application deadline is December 1 prior to the fall for which matriculation is being requested. Applicants will be notified of their status prior to April 15. We anticipate entering classes of 5-8 students each year. Typical admitted students have GPAs of 3.7 and GRE scores of 600 (see http://psychology.unlv.edu/clinical.htm#Admission for more information).

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. We strongly recommend that applicants have a degree in psychology. Applicants should have completed at least 18 hours of undergraduate psychology courses including statistics, abnormal psychology, and experimental psychology.
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of purpose written by the applicant.
  5. A personal interview with members of the program faculty is required for finalists in the selection process.

We will notify applicants if they are finalists in February under most circumstances. If a personal interview is not feasible, a telephone interview may be substituted. In unusual circumstances, students who do not meet these admission requirements may be admitted.

Experimental Psychology Tracks
The Experimental Psychology tracks currently admit only students seeking a doctoral degree. The program admits students for matriculation only in the fall semester. The application deadline is December 1st before the fall for which matriculation is being requested. Review of completed applications will continue until all positions are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.20 (A = 4.00) or a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.50. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree must have completed at least 18 hours in undergraduate psychology courses including Statistics and Research Methods or their equivalents.
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of purpose written by the applicant.
  5. Admission to the program will be based on a mentoring model. Students under serious consideration for admission to the Experimental Program are required to have a personal interview with the sponsoring faculty member and at least two other program faculty members. If a personal interview is not financially or pragmatically feasible, a telephone interview may be substituted.

Note: Strong applicants who fail to meet one of the Experimental Program admission requirements may still be considered for admission.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Subplan 1 Requirements: Post-Bachelor’s - Clinical Psychology Track


Total Credits Required: 96

Course Requirements 

Clinical Foundation Courses – Credits: 27

PSY 712 - Psychometrics 

PSY 714 - History and Foundations of Clinical Psychology 

PSY 715 - Assessment of Children 

PSY 716 - Assessment of Adults 

PSY 725 - Intervention with Children 

PSY 726 - Intervention with Adults 

PSY 736 - Psychopathology 

PSY 750 - Diversity in Professional Psychology 

PSY 755 - Ethics and Professional Issues 

Research Methods and Statistics Courses – Credits: 9

PSY 707 - Research Methods 

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

Practicum – Credits: 6

PSY 767 - Practicum 

Thesis – Credits: 6

PSY 769 - Thesis 

 

After successfully completing the requirements above, students are eligible to earn the Master of Arts – Psychology.

 

Scientific Breadth in Psychology Courses – Credits: 12

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

PSY 721 - Developmental Science 

Elective Courses – Credits: 6

Complete 6 credits of 700-level Psychology courses. Other 700-level courses offered by other departments may be taken with approval of the student’s advisor and the Clinical Program Committee.

Practicum – Credits: 12

PSY 767 - Practicum 

Internship – Credits: 6

Complete a full calendar year APA-approved clinical psychology internship.

PSY 771 - Professional Internship 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. En route to doctoral candidacy the student must complete the requirements for a master’s degree in psychology, and complete 6 credits of thesis over a minimum of 2 semesters. The thesis must be proposed and defended orally.
  2. In addition to a master’s degree in Psychology equivalent to the one previously described (48 credits), a minimum of 48 semester hours in graduate psychology is required for the doctoral degree.
  3. Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  4. Electives consist of any 700-level Psychology courses excluding Independent Study, Practicum, Independent Research, Thesis, Dissertation, and Professional Internship.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies. Inadequate performance in one or more may result in the imposition of additional requirements, loss of Graduate Assistantship, probation, or separation from the program.
  7. Transfer Credits. Admitted clinical students may transfer credits from graduate studies in other programs contingent upon departmental approval and in accordance with Graduate College policy.
  8. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  3. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 2 Requirements: Post-Master’s - Clinical Psychology Track


Total Credits Required: 75

Course Requirements 

Clinical Foundation Courses – Credits: 18-27

Complete 18-27 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 712 - Psychometrics 

PSY 714 - History and Foundations of Clinical Psychology 

PSY 715 - Assessment of Children 

PSY 716 - Assessment of Adults 

PSY 725 - Intervention with Children 

PSY 726 - Intervention with Adults 

PSY 736 - Psychopathology 

PSY 750 - Diversity in Professional Psychology 

PSY 755 - Ethics and Professional Issues 

Research Methods and Statistics Courses – Credits: 0-9

Complete 0-9 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 707 - Research Methods 

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

Scientific Breadth in Psychology Courses – Credits: 3-12

Complete 3-12 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

PSY 721 - Developmental Science 

Practicum – Credits: 18

PSY 767 - Practicum 

Internship – Credits: 6

Complete a full calendar year APA-approved clinical psychology internship.

PSY 771 - Professional Internship 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 75 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  2. The number of required Clinical Foundation Courses, Research Methods and Statistics Courses, and Scientifics Breadth in Psychology Courses will be determined in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  3. Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 45 credits.
  4. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  5. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies. Inadequate performance in one or more may result in the imposition of additional requirements, loss of Graduate Assistantship, probation, or separation from the program.
  6. Transfer Credits. Admitted clinical students may transfer credits from graduate studies in other programs contingent upon departmental approval and in accordance with Graduate College policy.
  7. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. The student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 3 Requirements: Post-Bachelor’s - Experimental Psychology - General Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 72

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 12

PSY 707 - Research Methods 

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

General Emphasis Courses – Credits: 6

Complete two of the following courses:

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

PSY 705 - Developmental Psychology 

Elective Courses – Credits: 3

Complete 3 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Thesis – Credits: 6

PSY 769 - Thesis 

 

After successfully completing the requirements above, students are eligible to earn the Master of Arts – Psychology.

 

General Emphasis Courses – Credits: 6

Complete two of the remaining courses that have not been applied to the master’s degree:

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

PSY 705 - Developmental Psychology 

Elective Courses – Credits: 21

Complete 21 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. En route to doctoral candidacy the student must complete the requirements for a master’s degree in psychology and complete 6 credits of thesis over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  2. In addition to a master’s degree in Psychology equivalent to the one previously described, a minimum of 39 semester hours in graduate psychology is required for the doctoral degree.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 4 Requirements: Post-Bachelor’s - Experimental Psychology - Cognitive Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 72

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 12

PSY 707 - Research Methods 

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

Cognitive Emphasis Courses – Credits: 6

Complete two of the following courses:

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 717 - Cognitive Methods 

PSY 718 - Cognitive Science 

Elective Courses – Credits: 3

Complete 3 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Thesis – Credits: 6

PSY 769 - Thesis 

 

After successfully completing the requirements above, students are eligible to earn the Master of Arts – Psychology.

 

Cognitive Seminar Courses – Credits: 6

Complete two courses that have not been applied to the master’s degree:

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 717 - Cognitive Methods 

PSY 718 - Cognitive Science 

PSY 747 - Topics in Perception 

PSY 748 - Topics in Memory: 

PSY 749 - Topics in Cognitive Processes: 

Elective Courses – Credits: 21

Complete 21 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. En route to doctoral candidacy the student must complete the requirements for a master’s degree in psychology, and complete 6 credits of thesis over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  2. In addition to a master’s degree in Psychology equivalent to the one previously described (33 credits), a minimum of 39 credits in graduate psychology is required for the doctoral degree.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. The Comprehensive Examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 5 Requirements: Post-Bachelor’s - Experimental Psychology - Neuroscience Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 72

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 15

Complete the following courses. *Students lacking sufficient background in Neuroscience will also take PSY 701 – Biological Bases of Behavior prior to taking these core courses.

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 719 - Behavioral Neuroscience *

PSY 720 - Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience *

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

Elective Courses – Credits: 6

Complete 6 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program

Director.

Thesis – Credits: 6

PSY 769 - Thesis 

 

After successfully completing the requirements above, students are eligible to earn the Master of Arts – Psychology.

 

Elective Courses – Credits: 27

Complete 27 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. En route to doctoral candidacy the student must complete the requirements for a master’s degree in psychology, and complete 6 credits of thesis over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  2. In addition to a master’s degree in Psychology equivalent to the one previously described (33 credits), a minimum of 39 credits in graduate psychology is required for the doctoral degree.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. The Comprehensive Examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 6 Requirements: Post-Bachelor’s - Experimental Psychology - Developmental Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 72

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 12

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 713 - Developmental Research 

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

Developmental Science Course – Credits: 6

Complete 6 credits of the following course:

PSY 721 - Developmental Science 

Elective Courses – Credits: 3

Complete 3 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program

Director.

Thesis – Credits: 6

PSY 769 - Thesis 

 

After successfully completing the requirements above, students are eligible to earn the Master of Arts – Psychology.

 

Developmental Seminar Course – Credits: 9

Complete 9 credits of the following course:

PSY 740 - Topics in Developmental Psychology 

Developmental Emphasis Courses – Credits: 6

Complete two courses that have not been applied to the master’s degree:

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

 

PSY 719 - Behavioral Neuroscience 

Or

PSY 720 - Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience 
 

 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

Or

PSY 718 - Cognitive Science 

 

Elective Courses – Credits: 12

Complete 21 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. En route to doctoral candidacy the student must complete the requirements for a master’s degree in psychology, and complete 6 credits of thesis over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  2. In addition to a master’s degree in Psychology equivalent to the one previously described (33 credits), a minimum of 39 credits in graduate psychology is required for the doctoral degree.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. The Comprehensive Examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 7 Requirements: Post-Master’s - Experimental Psychology - General Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 53

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 3-12

Complete 3-12 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 707 - Research Methods 

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 0-6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

General Emphasis Courses – Credits: 6-12

Complete 6-12 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

PSY 705 - Developmental Psychology 

Elective Courses – Credits: 11-21

Complete 11-21 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 53 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  2. The number of Required, Proseminar, General Emphasis, and Elective credits will be determined in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 8 Requirements: Post-Master’s - Experimental Psychology - Cognitive Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 53

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 3-12

Complete 3-12 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 707 - Research Methods 

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 0-6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

Cognitive Emphasis Courses – Credits: 0-6

Complete 0-6 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 717 - Cognitive Methods 

PSY 718 - Cognitive Science 

Cognitive Seminar Courses – Credits: 0-6

Complete 0-6 credits from the following list of courses (excluding those taken as Emphasis Courses):

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

PSY 717 - Cognitive Methods 

PSY 718 - Cognitive Science 

PSY 747 - Topics in Perception 

PSY 748 - Topics in Memory: 

PSY 749 - Topics in Cognitive Processes: 

Elective Courses – Credits: 11-21

Complete 11-21 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 53 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  2. The number of Required, Proseminar, Cognitive Emphasis, Cognitive Seminar, and Elective credits will be determined in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. The Comprehensive Examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 9 Requirements: Post-Master’s - Experimental Psychology - Neuroscience Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 53

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 9-15

Complete 9-15 credits from the following list of courses. *Students lacking sufficient background in Neuroscience will also take PSY 701 – Biological Bases of Behavior prior to taking these core courses.

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 719 - Behavioral Neuroscience *

PSY 720 - Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience *

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 0-6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

Elective Courses – Credits: 20-27

Complete 20-27 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 53 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  2. The number of Required, Proseminar, and Elective credits will be determined in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. The Comprehensive Examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Subplan 10 Requirements: Post-Master’s - Experimental Psychology - Developmental Emphasis Track


Total Credits Required: 53

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 3-12

Complete 3-12 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 708 - Statistics for Psychologists I 

PSY 709 - Statistics for Psychologists II 

PSY 713 - Developmental Research 

PSY 756 - Ethics, Professional Issues, and Diversity in Experimental Psychology 

Proseminar Course – Credits: 0-6

Complete the following course each semester during the first two years of study.

PSY 758 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology 

Developmental Science Course – Credits: 0-6

Complete 0-6 credits of the following course:

PSY 721 - Developmental Science 

Developmental Seminar Course – Credits: 0-9

Complete 0-9 credits of the following course:

PSY 740 - Topics in Developmental Psychology 

Developmental Emphasis Courses – Credits: 0-6

Complete 0-6 credits from the following list of courses:

PSY 701 - Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSY 704 - Social Psychology 

 

PSY 719 - Behavioral Neuroscience 

Or

PSY 720 - Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience 
 

 

PSY 703 - Cognitive Psychology 

Or

PSY 718 - Cognitive Science 

 

Elective Courses – Credits: 2-12

Complete 2-12 credits of 700-level Psychology courses, or other 700-level advisor-approved courses offered by other departments. 600-level courses offered by other departments require advisor approval and concurrence by the Experimental Program Director.

Two electives typically taken by students are:

PSY 757 - Teaching of Psychology 

PSY 772 - Experimental Psychology Qualifying Paper Research 

Dissertation – Credits: 12

PSY 770 - Dissertation 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 53 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  2. The number of Required, Proseminar, Developmental Science, Developmental Seminar, Developmental Emphasis, and Elective credits will be determined in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. Additional credits may be required to address student deficiencies or build specialized expertise.
  3. Student will be required to complete a Qualifying Activity before proposing a Dissertation. The purpose of the qualifying activity is for the student to acquire not only the expertise in a given area, but the ability to explain, discuss, and debate questions within that and related areas. Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, from the following qualifying activities: one extensive qualifying paper, three brief papers, or a written examination.
  4. The Comprehensive Examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
  5. Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
  6. Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following three areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; and (3) ethical behavior and professional conduct. If the program determines that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree, it may request the Graduate Dean to separate the student from the program or place the student on probation. Failure to meet the conditions of the probation will result in separation from the program.
  7. Students must take a minimum of four semesters of dissertation which can include summers. The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements for both the Master’s and Doctoral portions of the program.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy thesis to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.
  4. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  5. Student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy dissertation to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.