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Graduate Programs Overview

The Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University has three doctoral programs. We award the following degrees:

Ph.D. in Psychological Clinical Science

Ph.D. in Health/Social Psychology

Ph.D. in Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience

Our doctoral programs are designed to produce graduates with strong research skills who will be competitive in the academic job market as well as in public and private applied research settings. The programs include coursework to provide a solid grounding in the content of one's chosen area as well as in research methods and statistics, laboratory experience in an apprenticeship model of research training, and teacher training which culminates in the students' preparation and teaching of their own courses.

Our graduate programs are strongly based on a mentorship model of training in which a student is expected to work closely with a specific faculty member in his or her specialty area. All of our faculty are active in research and publication, with productivity comparable to that of the top quartile of doctoral-level psychology programs surveyed by the National Research Council (Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States, 1995).

We expect to accept up to four students a year per program. We also expect to support most of our students through teaching or research assistantships. Assistantships up to $18,000 per year available, accompanied by tuition and fee waivers. All assistantships are half-time (20 hours per week) positions. Students accepted into the program with a bachelor's degree should expect to take 4-5 years to complete the Ph.D. Thoses entering with a master's degree in psychology can expect to take 2-3 years to complete the Ph.D.

Program Requirements


Although requirements vary by doctoral program, students must complete at least 90 hours of graduate credit, including those completed for the master's degree.  At least 30 hours of graduate credit must be in approved didactics courses. Other requirements include attendance in our graduate seminar and colloquium series, teaching one undergraduate course under the supervision of a faculty member, a major area paper which will serve as the comprehensive exam, and completion of an empirically-based doctoral dissertation.

For more information, please contact the appropriate faculty representative of the program you are interested in.

Clinical: Kathryn Gordon
Health/Social: Clayton Hilmert
Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience: Erin Conwell


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Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8622 / Fax: (701) 231-8426
Campus address: Minard Hall 232 
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2765 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Department Chair: James Council, Ph.D.
Page manager: NDSU.psych@ndsu.edu

Last Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 9:39:54 PM