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Graduate Programs

We offer a continuous program of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. As part of their program of study, students complete a Master’s degree with a research thesis. Because of the nature of research training, we expect that students will generally be enrolled full-time (12 hours per semester) throughout their graduate training. 

We provide advanced training in several areas of psychology including:

Students obtain training that integrates both basic and applied aspects of psychology. Each area of study is designed to thoroughly acquaint students with the theoretical content of the particular area and to provide training in the research skills needed to become competent and creative investigators.

In addition to being prepared to succeed in academic settings, our students also find suitable placements as applied researchers or service practitioners in a variety of mental health, educational, physical health, and organizational (e.g. corporate and non-profit) settings. A program leading to state and national certification as a school psychologist may be completed in conjunction with the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Students in clinical, industrial/organizational, and school psychology receive practicum experience to develop the professional skills appropriate to those fields.

Financial support, in the form of research or teaching assistantships, is generally available to graduate students in the Psychology Department who are making satisfactory progress in the program.

Each academic year approximately 135 students are enrolled in the graduate psychology program, including several on clinical or school internship, and several in the process of completing their dissertations while employed off-campus. At any point, there are approximately 85-90 students in full-time residence.

A Reminder to Prospective Graduate Students:

Please note that all areas of graduate study in psychology require a full academic load of at least 12 credit hours per semester.  There are no part-time study programs, online and night classes are not available, and all courses meet on NIU's main DeKalb campus.  Except for School Psychology, there are no terminal M.A.'s, and all students are expected to pursue a full Ph.D