For administrative purposes, students will be classified as master’s students for the first year of the program. However, after this first year, they will automatically move into the second year of the PhD program. Because students are admitted directly into the PhD program, the transfer from a thesis-based master’s to a PhD program policy does not apply.
To be eligible for the direct-entry PhD in Forensic Psychology, students must successfully complete 73 credit hours. Students must complete 11 three-credit courses, including SSCI 5010G Data Analysis 1 - Graduate , one Advanced Research Methods and Statistics course, four Fundamentals courses, four Special Topics courses and PSYC 6940G Professional Development . Typically, the Professional Development course will be taken in the fourth year of the program. Students must also enrol in PSYC 5920G Professional Seminar twice a year for the first three years in the program. They must enrol in PSYC 6900G PhD Research every term that they are in the program. Students must complete PSYC 6920G PhD Proposal and Candidacy Exam , which consists of a written proposal and an oral exam, within 18 months of admission into the PhD program. In addition, students must pass a comprehensive examination (PSYC 6930G PhD Comprehensive Examination ), which will typically be taken near the conclusion of the third year in the program. At the conclusion of the program, students must successfully write and defend their 40-credit thesis (PSYC 6910G PhD Thesis ). The minimum time to completion for this program is three years. Students will be required to maintain a minimum of B-minus in all graded components of the program, as well as satisfactory research progress, to be considered in clear standing.