Graduate Programs


We offer a continuous program of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. As part of your program of study, you complete a master’s degree with a research thesis. Because of the nature of research training, we expect you to be enrolled full-time (12 hours per semester) throughout your graduate training. 

We provide advanced training in several areas of psychology including:

You will obtain training that integrates both basic and applied aspects of psychology. Each area of study is designed to thoroughly acquaint you with the theoretical content of the particular area and to provide training in the research skills needed to become competent and creative investigator.

In addition to being prepared to succeed in academic settings, you will also find suitable placements as applied researcher or service practitioner in a variety of mental health, educational, physical health and organizational (e.g. corporate and non-profit) settings. A program leading to state and national certification as a school psychologist may be completed in conjunction with the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Students in clinical, industrial/organizational and school psychology receive practicum experience to develop the professional skills appropriate to those fields.

Financial support, in the form of research or teaching assistantships, is generally available to graduate students who are making satisfactory progress in the program.

Each academic year approximately 125 students are enrolled in the program, including several on clinical or school internship and several in the process of completing their dissertations while employed off-campus. At any point, there are approximately 85-90 students in full-time residence.

A Reminder to Prospective Graduate Students

Please note that all areas of graduate study in psychology require a full academic load of at least 12 credit hours per semester. There are no part-time study programs, online and night classes are not available and all courses meet on NIU's main DeKalb campus. Except for school psychology, there are no terminal M.A.s and all students are expected to pursue a full Ph.D.

Contact Us

Northern Illinois University
Department of Psychology
Psychology-Computer Science Building, Room 400
DeKalb, IL  60115

815-753-8088 (fax) 

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Kevin Wu

Graduate Studies Assistant
Marj Holliday