Telephone: (302) 831-2271
Faculty Listing: http://www.psych.udel.edu/people/index.asp
The Department of Psychology offers a doctoral degree program in psychology, with specialization in the areas of social psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and clinical psychology. Students in the doctoral program can earn an optional Master's Degree by submitting a thesis, but all students are required to continue for the doctorate. The objective of the program is to train researchers who will broaden the base of scientific knowledge upon which the discipline of psychology rests. Major emphasis is given to preparation for research. Other emphases include preparing students for teaching and for the practice of clinical psychology. The clinical training program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The Psychology Department has excellent laboratory and computer facilities to support graduate training. The research space, much of it newly designed and renovated, allows for research in animal behavior, cognitive processing, child development, electrophysiology, pharmacological and physiological bases of animal behavior, psychophysiology, small group behavior, interpersonal communication and psycholinguistics. All laboratories have several computers and terminals that link the department to the University-wide computing system. The department also has several small, general purpose laboratories, useful for performing animal surgeries and histology. Training for clinical practice is provided in a separate facility containing several consultation rooms designed for supervision of testing and therapy.
Requirements for Admission
Students are admitted directly to the doctoral program. A combination of criteria is used in evaluating candidates for admission to graduate study in psychology: scores made on the Graduate Record Examination, undergraduate grade-point average, letters of recommendation, and in some cases, information gained from a personal interview. The minimum admission requirements are about 1200 GRE total and a 3.5 GPA, or some combination of equal merit. Those who meet these requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet the requirements necessarily precluded from admission, if they offer other appropriate strengths. Undergraduate research experience is looked on very favorably. An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required for admission, but students may be required to make up deficiencies in their background by enrolling in appropriate undergraduate courses. Deadline for application is January 7.
Financial aid is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and tuition scholarships. Application materials are available from the chair of the Graduate Committee. Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for additional information.
Requirements for the Degrees
In the first three years, students complete statistics courses and seminars in areas outside their specialization. These courses provide broad training in psychology and other allied disciplines, including neuroscience, cognitive science, and linguistics. In their specialization areas, students also complete course work and conduct research for the second year project.
Successful completion of the qualifying exam and the dissertation proposal are necessary for admission to candidacy for the PhD. Progress toward the PhD is achieved through completion of advanced work, dissertation research, and a clinical practicum and internship for students in the clinical area.
Neuroscience: A 4+1 Bachelor + Master of Science in Neuroscience
Telephone: (302) 831-2271
Faculty Listing: http://www.psych.udel.edu/index.php/people/list/category/faculty/
The Department of Psychology offers a special 4+1 Bachelor + Master of Science in Neuroscience to highly qualified undergraduate students who are extant Neuroscience majors at the University of Delaware. This program allows exceptional students to accelerate their undergraduate studies in Neuroscience to also earn a Master's Degree in Neuroscience (30 graduate credits) in 5 years of full-time study at the University of Delaware, with a savings of about 50% in expenses and time required for a traditional Master of Science Degree. Students would normally apply for conditional acceptance in the second semester of their junior year (with a GPA > 3.25, two letters of recommendation, and having identified a faculty research mentor). Thereafter, the student will: a) be mentored into an accelerated undergraduate neuroscience curriculum that includes a senior-year research project, b) satisfy their senior-year evaluation of "good standing" and make formal application to the Graduate School, then c) complete a graduate summer research internship (6 credits) and thesis proposal, d) complete a fifth-year curriculum of graduate studies in neuroscience, and e) submit their Master's Thesis research and defend it orally.
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