Program Timeline


Doctorate Timeline With Master's Degree

Year OneYear TwoYear ThreeYear FourYear FiveSuggested Timeline for Supervised Research

The following example program shows 84 credits total (a minimum of 82 credits are required to graduate), as it is based on courses of three credits each.

View a breakdown of the required credits.


Year One

Fall Semester
  • PSY 706 (Statistics) — 3 credits
  • PSY 724 (Assessment, W. Follette) — 3 credits
  • SOC/PSY 739 (Social Psychology Core I) — 3 credits
Spring Semester
  • PSY 707 (Statistics) — 3 credits
    Check with the program director as to the appropriate statistics course for spring semester.
  • SOC/PSY 740 (Social Psychology Core II) — 3 credits
  • SOC/PSY 718 (Research Methods Social Psychology) — 3 credits
Summer Semester

Year Two

Fall Semester
  • Social Psychology Advanced Statistics Seminar — 3 credits
    Survey Research Methods (SOC 737), Attitudes (SOC 722), and advanced data analysis courses (SOC 731 and 764) are each offered either the 2nd or 3rd year of the program.
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
    Students are expected to enroll in social psychology seminars when they are offered during the summer.
  • Supervised Research — 4 credits
    Students should enroll in Supervised Research/Graduate Research with their adviser, using the course number provided, as it may be in conjunction with faculty member’s home department. Typically, this is SOC 702, PSY 752, HDFS 752, CRJ 702, PUBH 792, etc.

Deficit Coursework: Students with insufficient background in psychology will take an additional psychology course during the second year, chosen in conjunction with their adviser and the program director. Students with insufficient background in sociology will take a graduate theory course in sociology, generally SOC 711.

Language or Breadth Requirement: Students may need to take additional credits to satisfy the language or breadth requirement.

Spring Semester
  • Supervised Research — 3 credits
  • SOC 737 (Survey Research Methods) — 3 credits
    Survey Research Methods (SOC 737), Attitudes (SOC 722), and advanced statistical courses (SOC 731 and 764) are offered either the 2nd or 3rd year of the student’s program.
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits

Year Three

Fall Semester
  • Supervised Research — 3 credits
  • SOC 722 Seminar (Attitudes) — 3 credits
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • Dissertation committee meets
Spring Semester
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • 799 Dissertation (Prospectus planning) — 3 credits
  • Comprehensive Exam near end of semester

Year Four

Fall Semester
  • Comprehensive Exam — 1 credit
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • 799 Dissertation — 6 credits
Spring Semester
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • 799 Dissertation — 6 credits

Year Five

Fall Semester
  • 799 Dissertation — 9 credits

Suggested Timeline for Supervised Research

Semester One (usually fall of year two):
  • Complete research proposal
  • Prepare human subjects application
Semester Two (usually spring of year two):
  • Collect or secure data
  • Begin data analysis
Semester Three (usually fall of year three):
  • Complete data analysis
  • Write paper

Doctorate Timeline Without Master's Degree

Year OneYear TwoYear ThreeYear FourSuggested Timeline for Supervised Research

View a breakdown of the required credits.


Year One

Fall Semester
  • PSY 706 (Statistics) — 3 credits
  • PSY 724 (Assessment, W. Follette) — 3 credits
  • SOC/PSY 739 (Social Psychology Core I) — 3 credits
Spring Semester
  • PSY 707 (Statistics, Papa) — 3 credits
    Check with the program director as to the appropriate statistics course for spring semester.
  • SOC/PSY 740 (Social Psychology Core II) — 3 credits
  • SOC/PSY 718 (Research Methods Social Psychology) — 3 credits
Summer Semester

Year Two

Fall Semester
  • Social Psychology Advanced Statistics Seminar — 3 credits
    Survey Research Methods (SOC 737), Attitudes (SOC 722), and advanced data analysis courses (SOC 731 and 764) are each offered either the 2nd or 3rd year of the program.
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
    Students are expected to enroll in social psychology seminars when they are offered during the summer.
  • Supervised Research — 3 credits
    Students should enroll in Supervised Research/Graduate Research with their adviser, using the course number provided, as it may be in conjunction with faculty member’s home department. Typically, this is SOC 702, PSY 752, HDFS 752, CRJ 702, PUBH 792, etc.

Deficit Coursework: Students with insufficient background in psychology will take an additional psychology course during the second year, chosen in conjunction with their adviser and the program director. Students with insufficient background in sociology will take a graduate theory course in sociology, generally SOC 711.

Language or Breadth Requirement: Students may need to take additional credits to satisfy the language or breadth requirement.

Spring Semester
  • Supervised Research — 3 credits
  • SOC 737 (Survey Research Methods) — 3 credits
    Survey Research Methods (SOC 737), Attitudes (SOC 722), and advanced data analysis courses (SOC 731 and 764) are each offered either the 2nd or 3rd year of the program.
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits

Year Three

Fall Semester
  • Supervised Research — 3 credits
  • SOC 722 (Attitudes) — 3 credits
    Survey Research Methods (SOC 737), Attitudes (SOC 722), and advanced data analysis courses (SOC 731 and 764) are each offered either the 2nd or 3rd year of the program.
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • Dissertation committee meets
Spring Semester
  • 700 level Social Psychology Seminar — 3 credits
  • 799 Dissertation (Prospectus planning) — 6 credits
  • Comprehensive Exam near end of semester

Year Four

Fall Semester
  • Comprehensive Exam — 1 credit
  • 799 Dissertation — 9 credits
Spring Semester
  • 799 Dissertation — 9 credits

Suggested Timeline for Supervised Research

Semester One (usually fall of year two):
  • Complete research proposal
  • Prepare human subjects application
Semester Two (usually spring of year two):
  • Collect or secure data
  • Begin data analysis
Semester Three (usually fall of year three):
  • Complete data analysis
  • Write paper