Curriculum and Degree Information

Program Requirements

The following are the formal requirements for successful completion of the BASP doctoral program:

  1. Completion of 60 credits (including all required courses) with an overall average of B or better.
  2. Successful completion of the First-Doctoral Examination
    • Completion of research project proposal (MA Proposal)
    •  Completion of research project and paper
    • Oral presentation of completed research project
  3. Successful completion of the Second-Doctoral Examination
    • Psychological Bulletin or Personality and Social Psychology (PSPR) style review paper OR a ready to submit NSF or NIMH grant proposal
  4. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Doctoral Assessment
    • Submission of a first-authored manuscript to peer-reviewed journal
    • Present a paper or poster at a regional, national or international conference
    • Attend two different conferences (hosted by a differing organizations)
  5. Successful completion of the Dissertation
    • Completion of the Dissertation proposal (Dissertation Proposal)
    • Completed Dissertation (full data collection and dissertation write-up)
    • Oral defense of completed Dissertation

Course of Study & Course Requirements

The following represents a suggested timeline for course of study and course requirements for the BASP program. This timeline does not include additional requirements and responsibilities (e.g., teaching, research, or grant appointments). Of course students may move faster or slower through the program as they complete BASP requirements and the timeline is meant to be used as a framework for planning students program of study.

 

YEAR ONE

YEAR TWO

YEAR THREE

YEAR FOUR

YEAR FIVE

PROPOSAL / THESIS

First-Doc/M.A.

Thesis

 

 

Dissertation

Proposal

 

MILESTONES

 

First Doc

Second Doc

Comprehensive Exam

Assessment

Dissertation

NUMBER OF COURSE CREDITS COMPLETED

 

21

 

42

 

60

 

60

 

60

Overview of Course Requirements. The course curriculum is designed to provide the basic education required to function as an academic or applied research psychologist, but allows flexibility to build a course of study and research that meets each individual student’s needs and interests. The BASP program requires completion of 60 credits and the program is designed to be completed in 4-6 years, but students who enter with a Master’s degree may be able to complete all of the requirements in less time. Students with 30 transfer credits must complete all requirements within 7 years of entering the program.

Students are required to complete 60 course credits. Of the 60 course credits, 45 credits come from required courses, 9 from core-electives, and 6 from breadth-elective courses.

Required Courses & Model Curriculum
(Sample Course Sequence)

FALL YEAR ONE   SPRING YEAR ONE
Social Psychology I1 Social Psychology II1
Research Design & Methods   Directed Research
Statistics I Statistics II
BASP Colloquium (1 credit)  BASP Colloquium (1 credit)
FALL YEAR TWO SPRING YEAR TWO
Required Statistics Elective I2   Ethics5
Elective-core course3 Elective-core course3
Breadth elective4 Breadth elective4
Teaching of Psychology5 BASP Colloquium (1 credit)
BASP Colloquium (1 credit)  
BASP Pro-seminar  
FALL YEAR THREE   SPRING YEAR THREE
Elective-core course3  Directed Research
Professional Development    Independent research
BASP Colloquium (1 credit)   BASP Colloquium (1 credit)6

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  1. Social Psychology I and II can be taken in Year 1 or Year 2, depending on when offered.
  2. The required statistics elective should be an advanced statistics course.   
  3. One course in the listing of Elective-core courses within BASP training area (to be determined).
  4. One Breadth-elective course (outside of BASP training area;to be determined).
  5. Teaching of Psychology and Ethics can be taken in Year 1 or Year 2, depending on when offered.
  6. Students are required to take a total of 6 BASP colloquium credits. Although it is preferable that students fulfill these credits within the first three years, these credits can be taken at any point in their graduate training.