Important Deadlines to Know and Forms to Submit

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION 12/10/22- Please email Stephanie Totsch or Trevor Pitts for any questions about progressions


For Incoming Students

  • First, set up your myUMBC account (MUST be done in order to accept the offer of admission)
  • For onboarding information for your Graduate Assistanceship- Please email Arianne Burroughs
  • For International Students
    • International Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students
    • You will not be able to be paid as a Graduate Assistant until you have relocated to the Baltimore area.
    • We will use a temporary place holder until you get a Social Security number, but you will need to prioritize going to a Social Security Administration office to start the process of getting your Social Security number.
      • We cannot help you with this process nor can the university or Psychology department give you a Social Security number to use.
    • I-20 Information and Financial Responsibilities
      • The university needs you to input the needed information so that we can create the I-20 form for you. You will need the I-20 to apply for your F-1 Visa.
  • New Student Checklist
    • Includes Orientation information for all incoming students
  • Maryland Residency Form to assess you for in state tuition eligibility
  • Health Insurance Information for Graduate Assistants
  • Graduate Assistant Handbook


  • If you need to take a course at another institution to complete your degree program here, information on the process can be found on the Graduate Schools website.
  • Excess Credits- If you need to register for more than 12 credits in any semester, you will need to register for all of the courses that you can and then email Jeff Halverson to request assistance with manually registering for the final course. In your email you will need:
    • Permission from your Mentor to register for the classes
    • Your full name and Campus ID number
    • The name, session, and instructor for the course you want to register for.
  • PSYC601- Special Topics in Psychology
    • Is used by Graduate Assistants to help maintain their full time course load. This is a 5 credit course that you can register for and use your GA hours.
  • PSYC799- Master’s Thesis Research (Can be 2 to 6 credit hours per course)
    • Six credit hours are required for the master’s degree
  • PSYC899- Doctoral Dissertation Research
    • Prerequisite: Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Required.
    • A minimum of 18 credit hours are required for graduation.
  • PSYC900- Psychology Internship Course
    • This course can be used if a student is on internship and has completed their dissertation.

Degree Progression Guide

(This is an example plan to show progression, individual timelines will vary by student)

  • 1st Year
    • Registering for classes- Please speak with your Mentor about what initial courses you should register for.
      • Students typically do not register for classes until closer to Orientation in the Fall. If you register too early, then you will start getting tuition payment reminders until classes start.
        • We will make sure that there is a seat in any class for you. So you do not need to register early to save your spot.
    • Getting Fees paid
      • Fees are paid for students for the first 3 years their are in the program
    • Adding a Masters degree to your PhD program
      • The Concurrent Master’s Degree Program Application can be found on the Grad School’s website. It is a one page form that requires your signature and the signature of your Graduate Program Director (Dr. Steven Pitts for HSP and Dr. Susan Sonnenschein for ADP).
        • Please use this form if you are wanting to graduate with your Masters as part of your doctoral program.
  • 2nd Year
    • Beginning to work in the UMBC Psychology Training Clinic
    • Thesis Process
      • Due two (2) months prior to the final exam.
        • Check with your Graduate Program Director and the Graduate Catalog for related information regarding: preparation of your thesis, examination committee, final examinations and other requirements for the master’s degree.
        • Submit the Nomination of Members for the Final Master’s Examination Committee form.
        • The Graduate School will then notify the Chairman of the Committee and the Dean’s selected representative of the approved/appointed committee by returning the above form showing Graduate School approval and appointment of the Dean’s representative.
      • Due two (2) weeks before the thesis defense.
        • After all committee members have read the thesis, the Chairperson and the Graduate Program Director sign the Certification of Readiness to Defend the Master’s Thesis form. The Graduate School will then send the Procedures for Examination of the Master’s Thesis and the Report of the Examining Committee form to the Dean’s representative of your committee.
      • Due within two (2) business days after the oral defense. The Representative for the Dean returns the completed Report of the Examining Committee form to the Graduate School.
      • Fall: December 20
      • Summer: August 19
      • Spring: May 19

Ways to get involved in the Department

  • Becoming a Teaching Fellow
  • Becoming a Program Representative for either HSP or ADP
    • Program Representatives are expected to attend monthly program specific meetings.
    • As well as attend monthly Graduate Program Committee (GPC) meetings.
      • In each meeting, the representatives have a voice but no vote.
    • Program Representatives will assist with “visit day” (which will be “Virtual Visit Week” this year)
    • Program Representatives serve as a liaison between HSP or ADP students and the HSP or ADP programs.
    • To become a Program Representative, please email your Program Director.
  • Getting a Summer TA job
    • Email Eileen O’Brien if you are interested in a Summer TA position

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