COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: December 1
All application materials must be submitted in one package together
directly to the Department. Details on the Graduate Psychology Program's application procedures and requirements for admission are found on the Department's website.
Applications are not evaluated until after the deadline has passed.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Applicants to the doctoral program must hold a B.A. or B.S. degree and must have completed at least four 3-credit courses in Psychology, including one laboratory course. A Statistics course is also required, and a Natural Sciences laboratory course is recommended.
Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A master's degree is not required.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A baccalaureate degree in Psychology is strongly recommended. Depending on the area of interest, a bachelor's in a Biology-related discipline may be appropriate.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. Minimum scores to make application are 500 verbal, 650 quantitative, and 1150 total GRE.
The GRE Subject Exam in Psychology is strongly recommended.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:
620 paper-based, 260 computer-based, or 105 internet-based.
A student enrolled in the Psychology Ph.D. Program may, after satisfactory completion of the initial semester, and with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology, transfer as many as 9 credits of coursework taken elsewhere. To be so approved, the courses must be deemed appropriate to stand as part of the student's training in the Ph.D. Program, and the student must have received a grade of "B" or higher in the course(s). Final approval of advanced standing credits is given by the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts, on recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 9.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 33-39, depending on area of specialization as follows:
Brain and Cognitive Sciences — 36
Clinical — 36
Developmental — 33
Social — 39
Graduate Statistics I
Graduate Statistics II
Differing for each area of specialization, a minimum of four core courses from among:
Core Course in History and Systems of Psychology
Core Course in Cognitive Psychology
Core Course in Psychopathology
Core Course in Developmental Psychology
Core Course in Social Psychology
Core Course in Behavioral Neuroscience
Internship: An internship is required for the Clinical specialization.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge in a specialized area of Psychology. The exam should be modeled after published literature reviews in the field and evaluated by the criteria applied to reviews that are submitted for publication to scholarly journals. The examination evaluates the student's ability to apply specific research foci to anticipated problems in Psychology. The student must demonstrate a high level of oral and written competency in reviewing, synthesizing, and evaluating an important topic in the field of Psychology.
The preliminary examination is generally completed by the end of the third year of study. The subject areas are determined, in advance, by the student and the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The Doctoral Advisory Committee must include at least three Graduate Faculty members from Temple's Psychology Department. The Committee may be expanded to include other Temple Presidential faculty (from inside or outside the Department) and/or doctorally prepared experts from outside the University, provided that a majority of the members of the Committee are members of Temple's Graduate Faculty. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the examination. Each member votes to pass or fail the student. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the exam has been satisfactorily completed.
The examination is defended orally following an evaluation of the written document.
Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with the Chair of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and notify all members of their training program.
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist of the following: (a) the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; (b) an exhaustive survey and review of literature related to the problem; and (c) a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates and approves the proposal or requests modifications by the student.
The doctoral dissertation is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field of Psychology. It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate both the student's grasp of research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standards of the field; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of Psychology; and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.
The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense, including the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Dissertation Examining Committee consists of the Doctoral Advisory Committee plus at least three additional doctorally prepared individuals. The majority of the individuals on the Committee must be members of the Temple University Graduate Faculty.
The Dissertation Examining Committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.
If a student needs to change a member of either the Doctoral Advisory Committee or the Dissertation Examining Committee, the new member must be approved by the Departmental Chair and registered with the Department's Graduate Secretary and the Graduate School.
Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation Examining Committee and register with the Graduate Secretary at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary arranges the time, date, and room within two working days, and forwards to the student the appropriate forms.
After the Graduate Secretary has arranged the time, date, and room for the defense, the student must send to the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Oral Defense" form at least 10 working days before the defense. The Department posts announcements of the defense, and the Graduate School lists the defense on its website.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Psychology
651 Weiss Hall (265-67)
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6085
Representatives in the four areas of specialization are identified on the Department's website.
Dr. Peggy DeWolf
Dr. Robert Weisberg
Dr. Marsha Weinraub
About the Program
The Psychology Program offers advanced study leading to the doctoral degree. Training is directed toward excellence in scholarship, research, teaching, and practical applications. The Psychology Program's focus varies depending on the area of specialization into which the student enters. Graduates go on to positions as research scientists, teachers, and applied specialists.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
Full-time study is required. Students complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.
Dept. of Psychology
651 Weiss Hall (265-67)
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6085
The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework.
Over the years, the program has been consistently ranked among the very best by all evaluating agencies.
The American Psychological Association has accredited the Clinical Psychology area of specialization. Other area emphases do not undergo accreditation.
Areas of Specialization:
Areas of specialization include Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Perception, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, Human Behavior Analysis, and Social Psychology.
The program is dedicated to producing well-trained psychologists with the Ph.D. who work in academic and applied settings.
The field of Clinical Psychology requires licensure for its practice.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
The permission of the instructor is required for non-matriculated students to take Ph.D. courses. The exception is 8000-level courses, which are not open to non-matriculated students.
Both Teaching and Research Assistantships carry a stipend, full tuition remission (up to 12 credits per semester depending on year and specialization), and health insurance benefits.
The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA) include assisting faculty members in classroom (field and observatory) instruction, conducting tutorials and discussion sections, and grading quizzes.
A Research Assistant (RA) is expected to devote 20 hours per week on average to research obligations. An RA is assigned to a faculty member or principal investigator who is working on a specific research project. The appropriate subjects are determined by consultation between the student and the student's research and academic advisors.