Curriculum and Degree Information

The Psychology Executive Office has outlined the program's basic curriculum and degree information for students. Please see the headings below for information and procedures related to the following. Note that each training area has its own program requirements, see training areas for more information. 

If you still have questions after reviewing the information below, please contact the APO of Academic Support and Student Progress at

Students in the Psychology program will complete 60-90 credits of coursework, take a first and second examination, and complete their dissertation. Throughout their time at The Graduate Center, students are encouraged to attend events, join organizations, pursue publication and other professional development. 

Each training area has its own specific requirements for their program, please visit the training area of interest for more details. 

Courses for the upcoming semester can be found by using the CUNYfirst Global Search portal.

Access a PDF of Fall 2020 courses. Please check on CUNYfirst for the most up to date schedule.

The Ph.D. Program in Psychology requires all students to pass a First and Second Examination. Each training area in Psychology determines the content and procedures for its own examination.

The Ph.D. Program in Psychology and The Graduate Center requires all students to complete a dissertation that embodies original research. Students will work with a dissertation committee and orally defend their dissertation.