Coursework and Milestones

Students are expected to complete the required coursework, initiate and continue their research, and meet all appropriate deadlines for Advancement to Ph.D. Candidacy. Prior to advancement, students should enroll in at least 1 unit of Psychology 296 with their advisor(s), but may enroll in up to 12 units to ensure a full-time load. After advancement, students should enroll in Psychology 299 with their advisor(s) to ensure a full-time load.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or be placed on Graduate Division probation. Students with 12 or more units of "U" will have a hold placed on their accounts.

Seven PSYC 500 courses for academic TA credit must be completed with a passing grade (S). Students with outside funding have a minimum of 4 total assignments.

Students must maintain a minimum of 12 units/quarter. Items in bold are milestones.

1st Year

  • PSYC 201AB: Quantitative Methods, 6 units (FW)
  • PSYC 270ABC: 1st Year Project, 4 units (FWS)
  • PSYC 280: Colloquium, 1 unit (FWS)
  • PSYC 296: Research Practicum, at least 1 unit but can be up to 12 units (FWS)
  • PSYC 500: TA Assignment, 4 units (Quarter of assignment)
  • Area Brown Bag as appropriate:
    • Cognitive Area - required to sign up for Cognitive brown bag, PSYC 275
    • Developmental Area - required to sign up for Developmental brown bag, PSYC 242 (2 presentations per year)
    • Sensation & Perception Area - highly advised to sign up for Vision Journal Club, PSYC 223 (FS)
    • Social Area - required to sign up for Social brown bag, PSYC 274 (2 presentations in year 1)
  • Proseminar Requirement
    • At least 3 proseminars must be completed in the 1st year. In this instance, the fourth proseminar must be taken in the 2nd year.
  • Advisor finalized by the end of Fall quarter
  • 1st Year Paper Proposal Meeting, form required (W)
  • Presentation of 1st Year paper at Little APS (Saturday before finals week in Spring quarter)
  • 1st Year Checklist

2nd Year

  • PSYC 280: Colloquium, 1 unit (FWS)
  • PSYC 296: Research Practicum, at least 1 unit but can be up to 12 units (FWS)
  • PSYC 500: TA Assignment, 4 units (Quarter of assignment)
  • Area Brown Bag as appropriate:
    • Cognitive Area - required to sign up for Cognitive brown bag, PSYC 275
    • Developmental Area - required to sign up for Developmental brown bag, PSYC 242 (2 presentations per year)
    • Sensation & Perception Area - highly advised to sign up for Vision Journal Club, PSYC 223
    • Social Area - required to sign up for Social brown bag, PSYC 274 (1 presentation per year)
  • Proseminar if not completed in 1st year
  • Approved Seminars
    • 4 approved seminars must be completed by the end of the 3rd year; note a maximum of 1 non-Psychology approved seminar can count towards this requirement. Three of your four seminars must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Qualifying Paper or Exam Proposal due October 1st
  • Qualifying Paper of Exam due April 30th
  • Data and Progress Update, form required (March 31st)

3rd Year

  • PSYC 280: Colloquium, 1 unit (FWS)
  • PSYC 296: Research Practicum, at least 1 unit but can be up to 12 units (FWS)
  • PSYC 500: TA Assignment, 4 units (Quarter of assignment)
  • Area Brown Bag as appropriate:
    • Cognitive Area - required to sign up for Cognitive brown bag, PSYC 275
    • Developmental Area - required to sign up for Developmental brown bag, PSYC 242 (2 presentations per year)
    • Sensation & Perception Area - highly advised to sign up for Vision Journal Club, PSYC 223
    • Social Area - required to sign up for Social brown bag, PSYC 274 (1 presentation per year)
  • Approved Seminars
    • Must complete 4 approved seminars by the Spring of the 3rd year; note a maximum of 1 non-Psychology approved seminar can count towards this requirement. Three of your four seminars must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Data and Progress Update, form required (May 1st)

4th Year

  • PSYC 280: Colloquium, 1 unit (FWS)
  • PSYC 296 (pre-advancement): Research Practicum, at least 1 unit but can be up to 12 units (FWS)
  • PSYC 299 (post-advancement): Independent Research, at least 1 unit but can be up to 12 units (FWS)
  • Area Brown Bag as appropriate:
    • Cognitive Area - required to sign up for Cognitive brown bag, PSYC 275
    • Developmental Area - required to sign up for Developmental brown bag, PSYC 242 (2 presentations per year)
    • Sensation & Perception Area - highly advised to sign up for Vision Journal Club, PSYC 223
    • Social Area - required to sign up for Social brown bag, PSYC 274 (1 presentation per year)
  • PSYC 500: TA Assignment, 4 units (Quarter of assignment)
  • Constitute Dissertation committee, see Graduate Coordinator to do so.
  • Dissertation proposal, form required (Dec 1st), pick up from Graduate Coordinator.
    • Dissertation committee must be formally approved by Graduate Division before dissertation proposal can be scheduled.
    • A registration hold will be put on your record if not advanced by Spring quarter of your 4th year.

5th - Nth Year

  • PSYC 280: Colloquium, 1 unit (FWS)
  • PSYC 299 (post-advancement): Independent Research, at least 1 unit but can be up to 12 units (FWS)
  • PSYC 500: TA Assignment, 4 units (Quarter of assignment)
  • Area Brown Bag as appropriate:
    • Cognitive Area - strongly encouraged to sign up for Cognitive brown bag, PSYC 275
    • Developmental Area - required to sign up for Developmental brown bag, PSYC 242 (2 presentations per year)
    • Sensation & Perception Area - highly advised to sign up for Vision Journal Club, PSYC 223
    • Social Area - strongly encouraged to sign up for Social brown bag, PSYC 274 (1 presentation per year)
  • Data and Progress Update, form required (May 1st of each year subsequent to the year of advancement that is not the year of defense).
  • Dissertation defense, forms required, pick-up from Graduate Coordinator
    • Can occur anywhere 3 quarters (this can include the quarters you advance and defend) post-advancement to 8th year.
    • Students who have failed to complete requirements and defend their dissertation by the end of their 8th year will be terminated from the program.

* Extensions to deadlines may be approved for a good cause (such as changing research advisor)

* During quarters in which there are job talks in lieu of colloquia, students are required to attend the job talks.

* Departmental Advancement Deadlines are extended two quarters for students enrolled in the Cog Sci Interdisciplinary Program. Please note that the total registered time limit for those in the Cog Sci Interdisciplinary Program however is 7 years, without a petitioned exception.