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Psychology - MS, PhD

The Department of Psychology offers a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities (ABA) and PhDs in three areas—a PhD in Clinical Psychology, a PhD in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (CaBS), and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O). Although an MS degree is conferred upon students in the doctoral programs when they have fulfilled intermediate requirements for the PhD, the department does not offer terminal master’s degrees in these three areas.

Applicants should visit the department’s webpage (www.auburn.edu/psychology), email bryangt@auburn.edu, or call (334) 844-6471 for application and general program information.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information about the program requirements, please consult our website at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/psychology/graduate-studies/.

Graduate degrees in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, and School Psychology are offered through the College of Education.

Admission Requirements for the MS and the PhD

Holders of the bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution will be considered for graduate work in psychology. Students are admitted to programs to begin fall term only.

To be considered for admission, potential applicants must submit the application materials listed below.The manner in which these are to be submitted and the deadlines for submitting them are subject to change, so it is imperative that students consult the application instructions on the Department of Psychology’s web page for up-to-date directions. For PhD programs, see http://www.cla.auburn.edu/psychology/clinical/application-instructions/. For the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis, see http://www.cla.auburn.edu/psychology/aba/application-information/.  

Items required are:

  • Official scores for the General Test of the GRE (We do not require the Subject test.)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Department of Psychology application form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of intent
  • For international applicants, TOEFL/TSE scores

To ensure consideration, the application process should be completed by December 1 for the Clinical Psychology PhD program, January 15 for the CaBS and I/O PhD programs, and February 1 for the MS in ABA.

GRE and GPA profiles/expectations for successful applicants appear on each program’s website, accessible through the department’s webpage. Students seeking exemption from a departmental requirement based on completion of similar graduate work elsewhere should discuss this possibility with departmental faculty after enrolling. Where appropriate, the faculty will determine whether earlier graduate work, including theses, may be substituted for Auburn departmental requirements.

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities

In the ABA program, students are trained to provide clinical and educational services to individuals with mental retardation and autism spectrum disorders, to typically developing children in school settings, and to families. Degree requirements focus on integrating course work with practicum training, and both components are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

General Requirements

The MS in ABA is a full-time non-thesis program requiring three consecutive semesters (12 months) of full-time coursework (24 semester hours) and practicum training (18 semester hours). All students complete a professional portfolio with an oral defense of the portfolio as a capstone project. Course and credit-hour requirements for the program total 42 hours.

Required Courses

PSYC 6620Behavioral Pharmacology3
PSYC 7220Behavioral Principles3
PSYC 7240Methods for Studying Individual Behavior3
PSYC 7260Ethical and Professional Issues in Behavior Analysis3
PSYC 7310Autism and Intellectual Disabilities3
PSYC 7910Practicum in Applied Psychology6
PSYC 7910APracticum6
PSYC 7980Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone Project6
PSYC 8540Behaviorism3
PSYC 8550Applied Behavior Analysis3
PSYC 8570Applied Behavior Analysis 23

PhD in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology PhD program uses a scientist-practitioner training model that blends basic and applied research with clinical practice.

General Requirements

Typically, the program requires five years at Auburn in course work, individualized research, and practicum experiences. In addition, a one-year full-time internship at an APA-approved program is required. 91 credit hours total are required.

Students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology PhD program complete a sequence of departmental core courses providing a foundation in psychology on which specialization is based. In doctoral study, students are expected to write and defend an empirically based master’s thesis. Admission to doctoral candidacy is contingent upon the successful completion of the general doctoral examination. Students must also write and defend a research dissertation.

Required Courses

PSYC 7100History of Ideas in Psychology3
PSYC 7110Ethics and Problems of Scientific and Professional Psychology1
PSYC 7120Teaching of Psychology2
PSYC 7120ATeaching of Psychology2
PSYC 7130Research Seminar in Psychology1
PSYC 7150Biological Psychology3
PSYC 7160Human Development3
PSYC 7180Social Psychology3
PSYC 7250Clinical Research Methods and Ethics3
PSYC 7270Experimental Design in Psychology4
PSYC 7990Research and Thesis4
PSYC 8300Developmental Psychopathology3
PSYC 8310Introduction to Clinical Methods and Ethics3
PSYC 8330Cognitive Behavior Therapy3
PSYC 8360Assessment of Cognitive Abilities and Achievement3
PSYC 8370Foundations of Psychological Assessment3
PSYC 8480Advanced Professional and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 8910Clinical Practicum18
PSYC 8990Research and Dissertation10
COUN 7330Counseling Diverse Populations3
STAT 7000Experimental Statistics I4
Either PSYC 7140 Learning and Conditioning or PSYC 7190 Cognitive Psychology3

In addition, students take 6 credit hours of elective courses.

PhD in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences

The CaBS program provides a firm foundation in cognitive and behavioral sciences. Electives allow students in the CaBS PhD program flexibility in developing their own areas of specialization. Practicum placements provide opportunities to gain research and applied experience.

General Requirements

Like the students in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology, CaBS students are required to complete a series of core courses, write and defend an empirically based master’s thesis, and successfully complete a general doctoral examination before being admitted to doctoral candidacy. They must also write and defend a research dissertation. 61 credit hours total are required.

Required Courses

PSYC 7110Ethics and Problems of Scientific and Professional Psychology1
PSYC 7120Teaching of Psychology2
PSYC 7120 ATeaching of Psychology2
PSYC 7140Learning and Conditioning3
PSYC 7150Biological Psychology3
PSYC 7190Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 7270Experimental Design in Psychology4
PSYC 7280Experimental Design in Psychology II4
PSYC 7400Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSYC 8500Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences Seminar1
PSYC 7990Research and Thesis4
PSYC 8990Research and Dissertation10
1 graduate-level PSYC course in Statistics or Methods approved by the student’s research committee3

An additional 18 credit hours of graduate-level course work approved by the student's research committee is required.

PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The I/O PhD program prepares students for academic, research, and/or applied settings. Like students enrolled in the CaBS PhD program, students in the I/O program have flexibility in developing their areas of specialization and practicum placements.

General Requirements

Students in the I/O PhD program must complete the same requirements as those in the other two PhD programs; that is, they complete their course work, write and defend an empirically based master’s thesis, and successfully complete a general doctoral examination before being admitted to doctoral candidacy. They must also write and defend a research dissertation. The degree requires a total of 80 semester hours of credit.

Required Courses

PSYC 7100History of Ideas in Psychology3
PSYC 7110Ethics and Problems of Scientific and Professional Psychology1
PSYC 7120Teaching of Psychology2
PSYC 7120ATeaching of Psychology2
PSYC 7130Research Seminar in Psychology1
PSYC 7270Experimental Design in Psychology4
PSYC 7990Research and Thesis4
STAT 7000Experimental Statistics I4
PSYC 8700Advanced Industrial Psychology3
PSYC 8710Advanced Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 8750Professional Issues in I/O Psychology1
PSYC 8990Research and Dissertation10
Select three of the following:9
Learning and Conditioning
Biological Psychology
Human Development
Theories of Personality
Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Select one of the following:3
Psychometric Theory
Methods for Studying Individual Behavior
Clinical Research Methods and Ethics
Multivariate Methods
Special Topics
2 graduate-level courses in industrial psychology approved by the student's research committee6
2 graduate-level courses in organizational psychology approved by the student's research committee6
2 graduate-level courses in quantitative analysis approved by the student's research committee6
4 graduate-level courses in industrial/organizational psychology approved by the student's research committee12