Psychology, PhD

Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

Our PhD programs prepare students for applied, research, or teaching positions in the areas of developmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology and neuroscience and behavior.

Program Contact Information

Joseph Brown, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
347J Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 
402.554.2313
josephbrown@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January 5

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • From professors and individuals who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (preferred APA style)
  • Resume

Degree Requirements

Concentrations

Student must select an area of concentration.

Students have ten (10) years to complete the PhD in Psychology from the time of filing a program of study.

Total Credit Hours: 90

Concentrations

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration

Noted courses are required as part of our MA concentration in industrial/organizational psychology. These courses or their equivalent will be required for students who have earned their MA from another institution.

General Psychology Courses
Included in MA concentration in industrial/organization psychology
(Required)
PSYC 9440PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Select one of the following:3
PROSEMINAR LEARNING
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Included in MA concentration in industrial/organization psychology
PSYC 9210PROSEMINAR: PERCEPTION3
Breadth Requirement
From list provided by area
Included in MA concentration in industrial/organization psychology
PSYC 9070PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 13
PSYC 8000THE PROFESSION OF PSYCHOLOGY 20
Statistics and Methods Courses
PSYC 9320SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION3
Included in MA concentration in industrial/organization psychology
(Required)
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PSYC 9020PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II3
PSYC 9090THEORY OF MEASUREMENT AND DESIGN3
PSYC 9650RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9120MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
Required industrial/organizational courses
Included in MA concentration in industrial/organization psychology
PSYC 9660CRITERION DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL3
PSYC 9670PERSONNEL SELECTION3
Core industrial/organizational courses 3
PSYC 9620INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 9630LEADERSHIP THEORIES AND RESEARCH3
PSYC 9640PROBLEM SOLVING & DECISION MAKING3
PSYC 9610INDUSTRIAL MOTIVATION & MORALE3
Topical Seminar
PSYC 9030SEMINAR: TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3-9
Practicum
PSYC 9950PRACTICUM FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS 51-6
Research Other than Thesis
PSYC 9960RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS 61-12
Thesis
PSYC 8990THESIS 66
Dissertation
PSYC 9990PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION12-24
Electives
Any course that is not required can serve as an elective as approved by the chair of the PhD committee. It is recommended that one course be taken outside the psychology department.

Developmental Psychology Concentration

Required Courses
PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9550PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 9500SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 9530COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 8900PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY 11-6
Additional Psychology Coursework
Select at least 12 hours from the following (must include at least one additional proseminar course):12
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE
PROSEMINAR: PERSONALITY
PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
MEMORY AND MECHANISM OF DEVELOPMENT
SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR LEARNING 2
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
PROSEMINAR: PERCEPTION
SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOBIOLOGY
SEMINAR IN AGING AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Methods, Design and Evaluation Coursework
Select at least 12 hour from the following:
Required:
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Eligible courses:
RESEARCH METHODS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING
FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT
SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION
THEORY OF MEASUREMENT AND DESIGN
QUALITATIVE METHODS
Statistical Analysis Coursework
Select at least 12 hours from the following:
Required:
PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I
PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II
Eligible courses:
NONPARAMETRIC STATISTICS
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
ISSUES IN AGING 3
TOPICAL SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY
Human Diversity Coursework
PSYC 8590PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN3
Course in Cross-Cultural Development3
Elective Coursework
Select at least 12 hours of elective coursework. Students will also find eligible courses in (among other disciplines):
Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Sociology/Anthropology
Gerontology
Latino/Latin American Studies
Empirical Research Coursework
PSYC 9960RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS 31-12
Included in MA concentration
PSYC 8990THESIS 46
PSYC 9990PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION 512-24

Every student must complete a two-party qualifying examination consisting of:

  • Psychology readings including a written and oral examination across domains
  • Grant Proposal OR Course Development (child development, adolescent development or lifespan development)

Additionally, each student is expected to demonstrate proficiency with at least one research tool.

Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration

Required Course
PSYC 9290SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOBIOLOGY3-6
12 hours in graduate-level courses in biological and behavioral sciences12
Electives
To be determined by the student’s supervisory committee15
Exit Requirement
PSYC 9990PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION (12-30 Hours Required)

Exit Requirements for each Concentration

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation 

Special Performance Quality Rule

If at any time a grade of "C", (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in graduate courses become a matter of record, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology will be placed on probation. An unexcused grade of "W" in a proseminar course will be considered equivalent to a grade of "C" for purposes of this policy. An excused "W" must be approved by the chair of the department of psychology. Students placed on this probation will forfeit any departmental graduate assistantship they may have and any approved programs of study will be subject to re-evaluation and change. Before registering for additional courses, a student placed on probation must, with the assistance and approval of his/her advisor, submit a plan for remediation of his/her academic problems, and have that plan approved by the Graduate Program Committee. The Graduate Program Committee will review and, if appropriate, modify the plan. Further, any enrollment in graduate courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee. The student will remain on probation until the Graduate Program Committee approves termination of probation status.  If a student earns a second "C", the student will be dismissed from the program and the GPC will work to come up with a plan, and evaluate if it is possible for the student to return to the program at some point.