ADP Program Requirements


ADP Core Courses  Course Credits
Cultural Aspects of Human Development PSYC 653 3
Social and Personality Development PSYC 781 3
Cognitive Development PSYC 651 3
Total ADP Core 9


Methodology  Course Credits
Data Analytic Procedures I PSYC 611 4
Data Analytic Procedures II PSYC 711 4
Research Methods PSYC 710 3
Elective in Statistics or Methods (e.g. Measurement of 3
Behavior, Qualitative Methods, Program Evaluation,
Advanced Quantitative Topics courses)
Total Methods 14


Basic Psychology Core Courses  Course Credits
Learning, Development, and Biological Bases PSYC 602 4
Individual Differences, Social, and Diversity PSYC 603 4
Total Basic Core 8


Other ADP Program Requirements Course Credits
Public Policy Issues OR Prevention OR Intervention 1 e.g., PSYC 736 3
Assessment (e.g., PSYC 720; PSYC 721) 3
Ethical and Professional Issues PSYC 686 3
Topics in ADP 2 No Credit
Diversity No Credit
Field Experience 3 PSYC 690 3
Total Additional 12


Specialization Courses  9
Total Course Requirements 52

At least 6 credits must be from regular taught courses. Additional credits may come from courses, practica, or independent study. Courses that are used to fulfill the general requirements for ADP may not count as part of the specialization. Additional measurement and statistics courses may not count towards specialization unless the student is specializing in one or both of those areas.


Research Requirements Course Credits
Master’s Thesis (or research competency) PSYC 799 6
Dissertation PSYC 899 18
Total Research 24


Total number of credits for Ph.D. degree 76


1 Based upon consultation with their advisors, students must choose a minimum of one course in Public Policy, Prevention, OR Intervention. Of course, students can choose to take a course in each of the 3 domains.


Both Topics in ADP and Diversity are no credit, required courses. Students must “take” Topics at least twice, preferably in their first and second years.  Students must take Diversity once, in their first or second year.


3 Up to 12 credits of field experience (practica) can be taken in partial satisfaction of degree requirements, 3 credits of which are required. Practica are typically taken in 3-credit blocks (150-180 hours).  To receive credit for practica beyond the 3-credit minimum, each practicum experience must be uniquely defined, in consultation with one’s academic advisor and on-site practicum supervisor. If the circumstances warrant, a student may be given permission to register for a 2-semester practicum at the same site; advance approval of the program director is necessary. No more than 6 credits of practicum are permitted prior to the completion of the Master’s thesis. Under most circumstances, a student taking more than 6 practicum credits will graduate with more than 54 course credits.

Effective Fall 2017