The Catholic University of America

Applied-Experimental Ph.D. Suggested Course of Study

First Year

First Semester

PSY 705 Statistics I (4)

PSY 811 Research Methods in Psychology (3)

PSY 709 Biological and Cognitive Foundations (3)

AE Elective (3) or Readings in A/E (3)

credits: 13 cumulative credits: 13

Second Semester

Psy 706 Statistics II (4)

PSY 710 Cognitive and Social Foundations (3)

AE Elective (3)

PSY 985 Research Apprenticeship (3)

Design study and pilot it. Submit IRB proposal.

credits: 13 cumulative credits: 26

Second Year

First Semester

A/E Elective (3)

Elective (3)

Elective (3) or Readings (3)

MA Thesis Guidance (3)

Collect data and begin analyses.

credits: 12 cumulative credits: 36

Second Semester

AE Elective (3)

Readings (3) or Elective (3)

MA Thesis Guidance (3)

Finish analyses. Write and revise thesis.  Defend thesis.

MA Thesis Completed, MA Awarded

credits: 9 cumulative credits: 47

Third Year

First Semester

AE Elective (3)

Elective (3)

Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Passed

credits: 6 cumulative credits: 53

Second Semester

Dissertation Guidance (each semester after passing Comprehensive Exam)

Fourth and Fifth Years

Dissertation Guidance (each semester after passing Comprehensive Exam) 

Doctoral Dissertation Completed 

Ph.D. Awarded 

  Recent Applied-Experimental Psychology Electives

• PSY 536 Human-Computer Interaction

• PSY 570 Visualization and Virtual Reality

• PSY 620 Psychology, Biology, & Technology

• PSY 621 Cognitive Rehabilitation

• PSY 624 Cognitive Science Seminar

• PSY 625 Cognitive Aging

• PSY 759 Cognitive Neuroscience

• PSY 755 Affective & Cognitive Neuroscience

• PSY 777 Psychology of Emotions

• PSY 780 Applied Memory Research

• PSY 883 Applied Cognitive Psychology