PhD in Psychology

General

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Program Description

The Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University offers two doctoral program options that prepare students for research and academic careers: Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience, and Health/Social Psychology.

Doctoral Program

The program accommodates approximately 20 students, with approximately 4 new Ph.D. degrees awarded each year. Training in the program includes:

  • course work in the student's area of emphasis
  • methods courses
  • breadth requirements
  • research experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor

Training and experience in college-level teaching is an important part of all three programs. Student support is available through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and teaching stipends.

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Program Requirements

Coursework: Students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Psychology program will complete 31 didactic credit hours.

Mentored Research experience: We select students for our program who have the interest and desire to engage in intensive, cutting-edge research with faculty members in our department. 

Grant Writing Experience: In addition to completing the didactic course Grant Writing for Psychological Scientists (PSYC 763), all doctoral students are required to prepare and submit a fellowship or grant application. 

College Teaching Experience: Following completing didactic coursework in college teaching (STEM 810 or COMM 702), all doctoral students will teach one psychology course as the instructor of record.

In addition to these formal requirements, students have access to a broad range of professional development experiences, including journal clubs, brown bags, colloquium speakers, professional workshops, and training opportunities from the Department of Psychology, NDSU, and the broader research community of Fargo-Moorhead. Individual labs provide training in specific methodologies, analytic techniques, and data collection strategies. 

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How to Apply

We admit students for fall semester. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15 for the upcoming academic year and will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis as space and funding allow.  

Applicants must list a potential advisor on their application. Click here for faculty list.

Financial Assistance

Many students are awarded graduate assistantships, which include a tuition waiver and stipend. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship, the potential to undertake advanced study and research, and financial need.

All students who submit complete applications to the program by the appropriate deadlines are considered for assistantships.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often in ... Read More

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often interdisciplinary, research. Additionally, our students have access to professional development opportunities, and events such as Three Minute Thesis. Our low tuition costs make NDSU a bargain, and our career outcomes are excellent. We are located in Fargo, ND – a Midwestern “hidden gem,” and a welcoming and vibrant community of about 230,000 with a unique rural-urban feel. We have a bustling entrepreneurial atmosphere; rich culture; great local fare, arts, and entertainment; and family friendly environment. Read less