Ph.D. Program in Psychology
Components of the Program
All students are admitted to the Ph.D. program, which is comprised of a
pre-Master's and a post-Master's part. Students admitted to the program with
Bachelor's degrees are initially admitted to the pre-Masters component of the
Ph.D. program. After completion of the Master's degree, the student formally
requests to proceed to the Ph.D. program. The decision to admit the student to
the Ph.D. portion of the program is made by a majority vote of the department
faculty. Although most students enter the program with a Bachelor's degree,
students may be admitted with a Master's degree from another institution and
receive advanced standing in the program pending departmental approval. All
students are expected to be full time students and actively involved in research
throughout their graduate studies.
The program is based around five major annual milestones:
- Year 1: First year project
- Year 2: Propose Master's Thesis and at least 6 months later defend Master's Thesis.
*Apply to PhD portion of the program.
- Year 3: Conceptual Review Paper
- Year 4: Conceptual Presentation
- Year 5: Propose Dissertation and at least 6 months later defend Dissertation
General Requirement (Years 1-4): Grant/Publication submission
Besides providing an easy way for you to measure your
progress in the program, these major projects are designed, along with the
associated course work, to provide you with a strong research oriented
background in your specialty. The specific requirements for the these milestones
are described in detail in the
Students entering the program with a Master's degree in psychology
from another institution must meet with their advisor, the graduate
director, and the department Chair to determine which course and
program requirements remain to be met. Students entering the program
with some graduate credits but without a Master's degree may
transfer up to two graduate level courses toward the M.S., except
when those courses have already been counted for another degree.
Graduate courses taken elsewhere may, however, be used to waive a
program requirement (e.g. statistics). Application for course
transfer must be made to the Dean of the Graduate School, after
approval by the department Chair. Additional transfer courses may be
applied to the Ph.D. requirements; however, these courses do not
need to be referred to the Dean of the Graduate School. Students who
did not do an experimental thesis as part of their M.S. degree
elsewhere must do a thesis project at Tufts. Also, all students with
an outside M.S. degree in psychology must do a first-year project, and must demonstrate statistical competence.
Graduate Handbook for more details.