Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers a doctoral degree in psychology with specialization in either Industrial/Organizational Psychology or Counseling Psychology.
Industrial Organizational Psychology
The I/O Psychology graduate program at The University of Akron is one of the highest rated and most respected programs in the nation.
Whether this evaluation is based on research productivity (Gibby, Reeve, Gauer, Mohr & Zickar, 2002; Oliver, Blair, Gohrman, & Woehr, 2005), reputational ratings (U.S. News and World Reports, 2005), attraction of high-caliber students, or the placement of our graduates, the University of Akron's program is consistently rated one of the top 10 I/O graduate programs in the nation.
The scientist-practitioner model allows graduate students to pursue a wide range of career and research options. Due to the emphasis on I/O coursework, students graduate with a strong background in all areas of I/O Psychology.
- Fulfill admission requirements of the Graduate School and department requirements as follows:
- submission of official transcripts
- completion of Graduate Record Examination General Test;
- securing of three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant’s academic work;
- submission of a brief personal statement of professional goals and reasons for choosing the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology;
- submission of a vita outlining educational and professional experiences.
Application materials must be received by January 15.
- Major field:
- a minimum of 90 graduate credits including a 30-credit master’s program. A student may be required to complete additional credits beyond the 90 minimum credit requirement.
- Written comprehensive examinations:
- satisfactory performance on doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinations in the student’s major area of industrial/organizational psychology (refer to the department’s Graduate Student Manual).
- Dissertation research:
- completion of 3750:899 Doctoral Dissertation; (minimum 12 credits);
- satisfactory performance on final examination and defense of dissertation research.
- Other requirements:
- refer to the department’s programs or graduate student manual for other requirements or guidelines;
- complete and fulfill general doctoral degree requirements of the Graduate School.
The University of Akron offers a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology through the Department of Psychology in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences which is accredited by the American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/index.aspx. Currently, students can enter the program with a bachelor's degree or with a master's degree in counseling (or a closely related field). Students are expected to attain a level of broad scientific competence in the core areas of psychology; the biological, social, cognitive-affective, and individual bases of human behavior. Practicum and internship experiences are required of all students and range from skill building in basic psychological assessment and psychotherapy, to actual work with clients, to a year-long, full-time internship in an applied service setting. Pertinent information regarding the emphasis, orientation, and coursework is provided below.
The Department of Psychology's Counseling Psychology program emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training. Beyond the basic core areas of psychology, students are expected to establish specific competencies in the theory, research, and practice of the specialty of Counseling Psychology. The program educates culturally competent, ethically reflective scientist-practitioners who are well-prepared generalists able to conduct research, plus provide preventative and clinical interventions. Academic preparation includes theories of psychotherapy, supervision, psychopathology, prevention, diversity issues in counseling psychology, vocational psychology, testing theory and practice, research and statistics, and ethical and professional issues. Research and publication are greatly encouraged. Graduates typically seek out academic teaching, research and training positions, as well as positions in counseling centers and other mental health agencies.
Students must fulfill both Departmental and Graduate School admission requirements. The following application materials must be submitted by the December 1 application deadline:
- Graduate School application.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from each institution attended.
- Official reports of the GRE General Test.
- Brief statement of professional goals and reasons for choosing the field of counseling psychology and The University of Akron.
- Minimum of three letters of recommendation attesting to success in the field and probable academic success at the doctoral level.
Electives and sequencing of classes are to be planned along with the student’s advisor.
- Psychology core courses
- Counseling psychology core courses
- Practicum sequence
- Thesis credits (for those entering with a bachelor's degree)
- Dissertation credits
A thesis waiver project completed as specified in the Graduate Student Manual of the Department of Psychology for students entering with a bachelor's degree.
The written and oral comprehensive examinations are prepared, administered, and graded by program faculty.
Dissertation – independent research project conducted under the supervision of dissertation chair and faculty committee.
Internship – a full-time APA accredited pre-doctoral internship over no more than two years.
Students must maintain a 3.50 GPA in their content courses to remain in good standing.