Ph.D. Degree

Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences

Our Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 graduate-level credit hours. You must also pass both an oral and a written qualifying examination. In addition, you will write and defend a dissertation, submitting a copy to Indiana University. Completion of the program typically takes five to seven years.

To remain in good standing, you must be involved in productive research. Evaluation is based on two research projects and on your research potential, as well as on coursework. You are expected to develop research skills appropriate to your programs, through a combination of coursework, individual study, and experience.

You are required to complete a course, The Teaching of Psychology, and to teach one section of this undergraduate methods course.

An average of at least a B+ (3.3) must be maintained in all coursework. No grades below B- (2.7) may be counted toward degree requirements. If you receive more than one grade below B- (2.7), you will not be in good standing and will be subject to dismissal.

Find complete information regarding degree requirements in the University Graduate School Bulletin, available at the University Graduate School website.

Use your Academic Bulletin

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences should use the Academic Bulletin year appropriate for your year of matriculation.

Requirements for the Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D. degree can be found by clicking on the relevant Bulletin below:

2017-18: College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin