Psychology, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D800 R456

Program Requirements

Field of Specialization
PSY 5003Psychological Statistics I3
PSY 5013Psychological Statistics II3
PSY 6073Experimental Design for Psychology3
PSY 5901Foundations of Psychological Science I1
PSY 5911Foundations of Psychological Science II1
A sequence of at least three courses selected in accordance with departmental policy, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison. (9 hours minimum)9
Two courses in psychology in areas outside the major and minor areas, as approved by the graduate liaison and advisory committee. (6 hours)6
Dissertation Research
PSY 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 2 hours)2
Additional Coursework
Additional coursework, electives and/or master's credit to reach 90 post-baccalaureate hours, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison.62
Total Credit Hours90

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: