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Example Ph.D. Program of Study

Although each student’s final program of courses will be individualized, a sample Ph.D. program is provided below. In addition to outlined coursework, students are expected to be involved in ongoing research throughout their time in the program.  

YEAR Fall Spring Summer

One

  • Analysis of Variance and Hypothesis: Testing in Psychological Research
  • Theory and Assessment of Intellectual Functioning
  • Psychopathology
  • Independent Study (Thesis Readings)
  • Psychological Research
  • Correlation and Regression Analyses in Psychological Research
  • Second Assessment Course or
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Traumatology (if trauma focused student who entered in an even year)
  • Pre-Practicum
  • Psychological Research
  • Assessment Practicum 

 

Two

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Techniques
  • Experimental Social Psychology
  • Trauma Assessment and Intervention (if trauma-focused who entered in an even year)
  • Practicum
  • Thesis Hours
  • Psychological Research
  • Thesis Hours 

Three

  • Biopsychology
  • Course to fulfill Tool requirement
  • Trauma Assessment and Intervention (if trauma-focused who entered in an odd year)
  • Practicum
  • Thesis Hours
  • Psychological Research
  • Social-Personality Development
  • History of Psychology (if entered program in odd year)
  • Practicum
  • Thesis Hours
  • Psychological Research
  • Thesis Hours

Four

  • Course to fulfill Tool requirement
  • Externship
  • Dissertation Hours
  • Multicultural Diversity, Supervision and Consultation
  • History of Psychology (if entered program in even year)
  • Externship
  • Dissertation Hours
  • Dissertation Hours

Five

  • Externship
  • Dissertation Hours
  • Supervision Practicum
  • Externship
  • Dissertation Hours 
  • Dissertation Hours

Six

  • Internship
  • Dissertation Hours
  • Internship
  • Dissertation Hours
  • Internship

 

 

Contact Us

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

815-753-0372
815-753-8088 (fax) 

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Brad J. Sagarin
815-753-7063
bsagarin@niu.edu

Graduate Studies Assistant
Marj Holliday
815-753-0772
mholliday@niu.edu