Master's Program

In consultation with the adviser and student's supervisory committee a Plan of Study would be developed. The Master of Science in Psychology program requires the completion of 30 credit hours of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Doctoral Program 

  1. Complete a master's degree in Psychology. This may be done at NDSU or elsewhere.
  2. Complete at least 90 hours of graduate credit, including those completed for the master's degree;
    • 60 or more of these credits must be earned at NDSU.
    • 31 or more credit hours must be in approved didactic courses
      • at least 15 must be at the 700 level.
  3. Prepare and submit a research grant or fellowship application under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  Register for 1-3 credits of PSYC 893 - Grant Writing Experience during the semester you prepare and submit your application.  Proposals may be submitted to any sponsor requesting funds for tuition/stipend, research supplies, or other research expenses (e.g., participant payment, software, consultants).  There is no minimum amount of funding request required, and the proposal must be submitted but need not be funded.
  4. Complete a major area paper to serve as the comprehensive exam for Ph.D. candidacy. The area paper will be a comprehensive literature review of the student's area of research and will include an oral defense.
  5. Complete the dissertation. The student will defend a written proposal before their supervisory committee, conduct an original research project, and complete a comprehensive written report on the project. The student will complete a final oral defense before the same committee.
Quantitative and Research Methods9
Experimental Methods
Applied Research Methods
Advanced Research Methods and Analysis
Core Areas of Psychology12
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
Advanced Topics in Cognition
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
Advanced Topics in Health Psychology
Grant Writing in Psychology3
Grant Writing for Psychological Scientists
College Teaching3
Introduction to College Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Teaching College Science
Electives - Minimum of four didactic graduate level elective courses from Psychology or other department. 4
Teaching of Psychology5
Practicum/Internship (All students will teach a full semester undergraduate course in psychology for which they should enroll for 5 credits of PSYC 794)
Submit a grant or fellowship application under the supervision of a faculty mentor.1-3
PSYC 893
(Grant Writing Experience)
Doctoral Dissertation

Benjamin J. Balas, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
Field: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Barbara Blakeslee, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983
Field: Biopsychology, Vision Science

Martin D. Coleman, Ph.D.
University of Sussex, 2005
Field: Emotion and Decision Making

Erin Conwell, Ph.D.
Brown University, 2009
Field: Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

Katherine Duggan, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside, 2016
Field: Social-Personality and Health Psychology

Jeremy Hamm, Ph.D.
University of Manitoba, 2016
Field: Health and Social Psychology or Developmental Psychology

Clayton J. Hilmert, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego, 2003
Field: Health and Social Psychology; Stress Psychophysiology, Cardiovascular Health, and Pregnancy

Verlin B. Hinsz, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, 1983
Field: Social and Industrial/Organizational; Small Group Performance, Group Decision Making

Leah Irish, Ph.D.
Kent State University, 2011
Field: Health and Social Psychology, Health Behaviors, Sleep, Stress

Jeffrey S. Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Iowa, 2008
Field: Visual Cognitive Neuroscience

Linda Langley, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 1998
Field: Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Aging, Attention

Pan Liu, Ph.D.
McGill University, 2015
Field: Normative Emotion Processing, Biased Processing that Portend Internalizing Outcomes

Mark E. McCourt, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982
Field: Biopsychology, Vision Science; Visual Psychophysics, Neuropsychology

Mark Nawrot, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, 1991
Field: Visual Neuroscience; Neural Mechanisms for Perception of Depth and Motion, Eye Movements, Alcohol

Michael D. Robinson, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis, 1996
Field: Social/Personality Affective Processes

Laura E. Thomas, Ph. D.
University of Illinois, 2008
Field: Embodied cognition, Links between action, perception, and cognition

Kathryn Wissman, Ph.D.
Kent State University, 2016
Field: Cognitive Psychology


Terence W. Barrett, Ph.D.
University of North Dakota, 1989
Field: Counseling; Issues in Therapy, Forensic Psychology

Scott G. Engel, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2003
Field: Health and Social Psychology; Obesity and Eating Disorders

Holly Hegstad, Ph.D.
University of North Dakota, 1999
Field: Clinical Psychology; Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Jennifer A. Redlin, M.S.
North Dakota State University, 1999
Field: Clinical and Behavioral Psychology