Students take courses organized in three tiers. All students in the program need to satisfy:
- Departmental requirements established for students in all three of our graduate
programs (Clinical, Experimental, and Industrial-Organizational);
- Experimental Program requirements regardless of concentration; and
- Concentration requirements in either Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Social Psychology.
To complete the program, the student must complete a minimum of 59 hours (or the equivalent for students who enroll with a master's degree in psychology, for which some credit hours may be transferred). Students entering the program with a master's degree must present course syllabi and/or other documentation from earlier courses to the current instructors of similar courses taught at Saint Louis University to negotiate transfer credits for the SLU course requirement.
In addition to formal course work, students are expected to be involved in research activities every term they are here. The specific nature of these activities are negotiated in consultation with the student’s advisor.
- Departmental requirements (14-17 credits)
- Methods/statistics (12 credits)
- Ethics (1 credit)
- Human Diversity (1 credit)
- History of Psychology (unless waived) (3 credits)
- Program Core: ll students in the Experimental Program will be required to take a Program Core, consisting of one 500-level course from each of the following areas. Each course is a rigorous, entry-level seminar that provides an introduction to the major topics and questions addressed by the discipline. (12 credits)
- Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
- Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
- Neuroscience (3 credits)
- Social Psychology (3 credits)
- Concentration core: Advanced 500- or 600-level coursework in concentration area as determined in consultation with advisor. (9 credits)
- Concentration electives: 6 credits of additional coursework as determined in consultation with advisor.
- Thesis hours: 6 credits
- Dissertation hours: 12 credits
- Research vertical teams (RVT): Each term (including summer) that a student is in the program, the student will actively participate in concentration research teams that meet on an on-going basis. These may be either individual lab groups, or concentration groups, or some combination thereof, as determined by the student's advisor. The goal of this activity is to maintain constant involvement in research-related activity throughout the student's time in the program.
Total Credit Hours: 59-62