Program requirements

University, departmental, and program degree requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog. Requirements include 75 semester hours beyond the Bachelors degree. The program of studies, approved by the Legal Psychology Graduate Program Committee (LPGPC), includes: 9 hours of common core courses in Statistics/Methodology; 18 hours of basic psychology, applied legal psychology, or integration of psychology and law; 6 hours of electives (as approved by the student’s graduate advisor); 18 hours of supervised research credits; completion of a Master’s Project; successful completion of the Qualifying Exam; 24 hours of Doctoral Dissertation and completion of the dissertation project. The LPGPC will try to accommodate individual needs within reason, which means there is some flexibility within the system. Please be advised that the courses below are not offered every semester and new courses may also be added to this list.

(a) Statistics & Methodology Courses (9 Credits)

  • PSY 5939 Special Topics: Quantitative Methods 1
  • PSY 5939 Special Topics: Quantitative Methods 2
  • PSY 5246C Multivariate Statistics

(b) 6 courses (total of 18 credits) on basic psychology, applied legal psychology, or integration of psychology and law¬ (approved by the program director). The most commonly-taken courses that fulfill this requirement are:

  • EXP 5099 Proseminar in Experimental Psychology
  • EXP 5508 Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • SOP 5058 Proseminar in Social Psychology
  • SOP 6098 Proseminar in Legal Psychology
  • SOP 6441 Seminar in Social Cognition
  • PSY 5939 Eyewitness Psychology
  • PSY 5939 Investigative Interviewing
  • PSY 5939 Child Witnesses
  • PSY 5939 Actual Innocence
  • PSY 5939 Developmental Psychology and the Law
  • PSY 5939 Interrogation and Deception

(c) Electives (6 credits approved by the student’s graduate advisor. Common electives include additional legal psychology courses, additional statistics courses, and/or Supervised Research credits)

(d) Supervised research (18 credits)

(e) Master’s Project (Note that this project is done completely in-house; students should NOT sign up for Master’s thesis credits; students will usually sign up for Supervised Research credits while working on their project)

(f) Qualifying Exam consisting of three separate exams covering legal psychology, methods/statistics, and a minor area (social or cognitive)

(g) Dissertation (24 Credits)

Students enroll in Dissertation Credits (PSY 7980) after meeting the pre-candidacy requirements and while working on their dissertation. Passing the Qualifying Exam is a prerequisite to registering for Doctoral Dissertation credits. Once a student registers for dissertation credits, the student must continue to register for at least three credits of dissertation each term until the dissertation is completed.