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About the Program
Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements
The departmental course requirements for the Ph.D. consists of four different segments: core courses, methodology courses, seminars, and workshops. The purpose of the core courses is to give students a broad base in psychology and to allow them to become acquainted with faculty and students from area groups other than their own. The methodology courses are intended to provide the skills necessary for designing and analyzing research projects. And the seminars allow for depth in areas of special interest to the student. Finally, the workshops provide training in the responsible conduct of research and professional development.

First Year Project and Symposium
Our graduate program is committed to strong training in scientific psychology, and the First Year Project is designed to get you off to a flying start in research. You will gather data, run analyses, write a research report, and present your data to faculty and students at a symposium held in the fall of your second year. This experience gives you an early sense for the demands and satisfaction of psychological research. Most importantly, it provides a sense of accomplishment. It is an opportunity to synthesize newly learned skills, and it becomes a reference point for continued efforts.

The Graduate School requires a minor concentration consisting of 10 credits taken outside the major area of concentration. Students have two options available in order to fulfill the minor requirement. One option is to minor in an outside department and enroll in 10 credits in only that department. The other option is to choose a distributed minor, which can include credits from within the psychology department, as long as they are not within your area group, as well as credits from any department outside of psychology.

Preliminary Exam
Prior to official admission to candidacy for the Doctoral degree, students complete preliminary examinations in their area of expertise. Three or more faculty members knowledgeable in that area write and evaluate preliminary examinations. By passing the preliminary exams the student demonstrates his or her competence to begin dissertation research.

Dissertation and Oral Exam
Each Doctoral student completes a dissertation covering original research. The student will be examined by a committee of five faculty members at the University of Wisconsin, at least three from Psychology and at least one from another department.

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