Degree Requirements

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded to candidates who have completed an approved program in their areas of specialization and meet departmental and Graduate College requirements for the degree. This must include:

  1. At least 96 hours of graduate work
  2. Satisfactory performance in courses or examinations dealing with quantitative methods and chosen areas of specialization
  3. A masters thesis or equivalent
  4. Appropriate courses and seminars in the area of specialization and in related and supporting areas
  5. Satisfactory performance on a doctoral qualifying examination
  6. Satisfactory performance on an oral preliminary examination; and
  7. Completion of an acceptable Ph.D. thesis and satisfactory performance on an oral examination in defense of that thesis.

Credit Transfer. Credit for graduate courses taken elsewhere and not used for any previous degree may be transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The amount of credit and the particular courses qualifying for transfer are determined after a student has completed at least 8 hours of coursework at UIUC. Students holding a masters degree can have 32 hours transferred to their Ph.D. program if the department approves their previous degree. All additional hours (64) required for the Ph.D. degree must be earned in residence.

Teaching Requirement. The Department of Psychology requires Ph.D. candidates to gain teaching experience as part of their academic work. Such experience is considered a vital part of the graduate program and usually takes the form of a teaching assistantship for at least two semesters.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts degree is awarded as an intermediate degree to candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree who have satisfactorily completed 32 hours of graduate work, including an acceptable thesis.

Master of Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science degree in applied personnel psychology or applied measurement is awarded as a terminal degree to candidates who, having followed an appropriate applied psychology undergraduate program, have satisfactorily completed 32 hours of graduate work in their area.


This web page is only for informational purposes. Official program requirements should be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, 603 East Daniel Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820.


Section 2



Graduate Spotlight

Suvarna MenonSuvarna Menon

Suvarna is supervised by Dr. Nicole Allen and studies violence against women (VAW) in India and the community response to violence. Her most recent study examined the formal response to VAW in India through interviews with key community stakeholders.These included formal responders like police officers, NGO workers, lawyers and government officials, aiming to examine the current status of coordinated response in India. She is currently studying women’s experiences of sexual harassment in public spaces and bystander efforts in India. She is also part of a collaborative effort (which includes multiple campus units including the Women's Resource Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access) to implement ICARE, a bystander intervention program to prevent sexual assault on campus. She is leading the evaluation component of this program. At present, she is the project coordinator and instructor for a community-based advocacy program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault where she trains and supervises undergraduate student advocates.

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