University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Psychology (Doctor of Philosophy)


Additional clinical, research, and adjunct faculty supervise students in clinical and research placements.

The Ph.D. program in General/Experimental Psychology admits students in four broad areas of concentration ("clusters"): Biobehavioral Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; and Behavioral Psychopharmacology.

The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology places equal emphasis on research and clinical training. The Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Further information about both programs can be obtained electronically from the Department of Psychology Link out of catalogue site. website, or by requesting a department graduate studies brochure from the Department of Psychology. Both contain details of requirements, funding opportunities, clinical and research facilities, specialty areas, ongoing research, and faculty, as well as general information about the university and the area.

Applicants must apply for the Ph.D. degree only. Students whose goal is a terminal master's degree are not accepted. The application deadline for admission is December 1st for the Clinical Program, January 2nd for the General/Experimental Program.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

A major or its equivalent in undergraduate psychology including courses in statistics and experimental psychology; satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, including the subject subtest in psychology. A telephone interview is required of top applicants to the clinical program.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

For the general/experimental program, satisfactory completion of minimum degree requirements for Master of Arts degree or equivalent; for the clinical program, satisfactory performance of the Ph.D. comprehensive examination.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Both the general/experimental and the clinical programs require a minimum of eighty-one credits. A minimum of twenty credits must be accumulated in dissertation research and the remainder in course credits numbered in the 200 through 400 sequences of the psychology curriculum, or acceptable courses at 200- or 300-level from other curricula. Detailed information on courses of study is available from the department. Satisfactory performance on the department final oral examination. There is no foreign language requirement. Although the requirement differs, both programs have a required preliminary examination.