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Path to Degree

Cognition, Language, and Development


Path to Degree
 
Students with BA or BSc only
 
Academic Year One

  • Form advisory committee consisting of primary advisor and at least two other faculty mentors
  • Take required core Cognition course (73800)
  • Take required Statistics I (70500) and II (70600)
  • Take core Language (83800 or 72800) or Development course (73700, 79500,  or 80220), or other advanced seminar
  • Take two semesters of Independent Research (80200); this forms the basis of the 1st doctoral examination
  • Take one or two semesters of Research Skills and Professional Development (72400)
  • Submit abstract for poster presentation at annual GC Psychology Research Day
  • Advisable:  Apply for NSF pre-doctoral fellowship
 
Academic Year Two
  • Pass the 1st doctoral examination before the completion of 45 credits, typically before the second semester of the second year (paper and oral defense)
  • Prepare and submit paper for publication based on research
  • Take Ethics (77100) and Teaching of Psychology (79900)
  • Take two semesters of Independent Research (80200)
  • Take one or two semesters of Research Skills and Professional Development (72400)
  • Take two electives in consultation with advisor
  • Apply for doctoral student research grant
  • Submit abstract for poster presentation at a non-CUNY conference
  • Establish topic for 2nd doctoral exam; create reading list
 
Academic Year Three
  • Move to Level II tuition status (completion of 45 credits and 1st doctoral examination)
  • Develop independent research project in consultation with 2nd doc committee (which can differ from the 1st doc committee)
  • Complete remaining course requirements (4 electives, 2 Independent Research, 2 Research Skills and Professional Development)
  • Submit abstract for poster presentation at a non-CUNY conference
  • Complete second doctoral exam (literature review, grant proposal, oral defense)
 
Academic Year Four
  • Establish CUNY-internal dissertation committee (which can differ from the 1st and 2nd exam committees)
  • Submit dissertation topic proposal within 6 months of completing 2nd doctoral exam
  • Begin research project stemming from dissertation proposal
  • Submit abstract for talk at a non-CUNY conference
  • Submit an additional manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Assemble letters, CVs, website, and other material for job search
  • Apply for dissertation-year fellowship
  • Move to Level III status (completion of 1st and 2nd doctoral examinations, coursework, and dissertation topic proposal)
 
Academic Year Five
  • Complete research based on dissertation proposal
  • Submit chapter(s) from dissertation to a journal
  • Submit abstract for talk at a non-CUNY conference
  • Begin search for faculty, post-doctoral, or industry positions
  • Complete doctoral dissertation committee (including external readers)
  • Complete, submit, and defend dissertation
  • Deposit dissertation and attend commencement before September