Ph.D Program Sequence

A guide for current graduate students enrolled in the Psychological Sciences Ph.D program. These are departmental and graduate school requirements in order to complete the PhD program. This guideline should be used as a suggested sequence in which graduate students should be completing their milestones. A requirement for the department and divisions is that MA and Ph.D coursework must be completed and submitted. If you have an external Masters degree please consult with your advisors and division before proceeding with these guidelines.

Masters

Step 1: Advisory Committee

The student’s Advisory Committee shall include at least three members, namely: The Major Advisor and an Associate Advisor who represents the graduate student’s area of Concentration. As well as another Associate Advisor, not in the student’s Division.

If you change your Major Advisor fill out the Change in Major Advisor form. If you change your associate advisor fill out the Request for Change in the Plan of Study form. Either form must be submitted to the graduate school and a copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Note: One of the associate advisors can be from another Division in the Department or, with proper qualifications, may be from another department in the University or from outside the University. Must have a minimum of three advisors that qualify these requirements.

Step 2: Plan of Study

Recommended to complete by 3rd semester in the program.

The Graduate School requires that a MA Plan of Study form, signed by all members of the MA Advisory Committee, be submitted to the Graduate School (w/original signatures) and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator. The Plan of Study lists 30 credits which include, 9 credits of GRAD 5950 (recommended to enroll in 3 credits for semesters 1-3) and 21 credits of coursework.

If changes are made to the Plan of Study after submission fill out Request for Changes in Plan of Study form.

Note: Please contact your division head for guidelines on the specific courses that need to be taken. Once you complete 9 credits of required GRAD 5950, you may start to enroll in GRAD 6950.

Step 3: Final Exam/Oral Defense

Meet with your advisory committee to establish the details for your MA oral defense as well as schedule a room. To schedule a room in Bousfield Building.

Email the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator TWO weeks in advance of your oral defense date with the date, time, location, room number, advisor name, and working copy of your thesis.

Complete and submit the Report on the Final Exam for the Masters Degree to The Graduate School (official signatures) and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator

Step 4: Submitting the final Thesis

Before you submit your thesis to the Graduate School make sure you completed all the guidelines regarding formatting purpose. The Graduate School gives some specifications on the required formatting.

You are required to submit the following forms to The Graduate School and the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator at the time of your thesis submission in Digital Commons. One signed approval page with original signatures, The Report on the Final Examination for the Master's Degree with the original signatures and the Thesis Submission Checklist.

Note: Effective May 9, 2016 a printed copy of your thesis is no longer required to be submitted to the Library. The Plan B Master's Degree does not need to submit this form. The Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator does not need a final copy of the Thesis.

Step 5: Apply for Graduation

Recommended at the end of your third year (6th semester).

Apply for graduation in order to have your degree officially audited and approved.

Note: This can also grant you to participate in the Spring commencement ceremonies.

Doctoral

Step 1: Advisory Committee

The student’s Advisory Committee shall include at least three members, namely: The Major Advisor and an Associate Advisor who represents the graduate student’s area of Concentration. As well as another Associate Advisor, not in the student’s Division.

If you change your Major Advisor fill out the Change in Major Advisor form. If you change your associate advisor fill out the Request for Change in the Plan of Study form. Either form must be submitted to the graduate school and a copy to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Note: One of the associate advisors can be from another Division in the Department or, with proper qualifications, may be from another department in the University or from outside the University. Must have a minimum of three advisors that qualify these requirements.

The PhD committee can be the same as your MA committee, but it does not have to be.

Step 2: Plan of Study

Recommended to complete by third semester of your PhD coursework.

The Graduate School requires that a PhD Plan of Study form, signed by all members of the PhD Advisory Committee, be submitted to the Graduate School (w/original signatures) and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator. The Plan of Study lists 30 credits which include, minimum of 15 credits of GRAD 6950 (recommended to enroll in 3 credits for semesters 4-8), minimum of 15 credits of coursework, which include related area courses and breadth courses.

Before you submit the Plan of Study to The Graduate School it must be approved by the Graduate Department Head, please include breadth courses (distinguish with *), instructor names for breadth courses, any waivers for STAT or breadth courses.

If changes are made to the Plan of Study after submission fill out Request for Changes in Plan of Study form.

Note: Please contact your division head for guidelines on the specific courses that need to be taken. You cannot include courses that are listed on your Master's Plan of Study.

Step 3: General Exam

Once General Exam completed submit the Report on the General Exam for the Doctoral Degree to The Graduate School and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator.

After the general exam has been approved by The Graduate School please inform the Administrative Manager, Carol Valone (carol.valone@uconn.edu). In order for a pay increase Carol must be informed by the graduate student.

Note: This is an approximate time of when you should take the General exam, however some students will take it during their semesters when completing the Master's degree. Also, check with your advisor or division head on when this should be completed.

Step 4: Dissertation Proposal

Select two Dissertation Proposal reviewers outside of your committee, complete, and submit the form to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator only.

Complete and submit your Dissertation Proposal form to the The Graduate School and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator.

Note: The Proposal reviewers must be two faculty members outside of your advisory committee. The Department requires at least one Reviewer be a member of the UConn Graduate Faculty; the Graduate School encourages the use of at least one Reviewer from outside the University. [Individual Divisional programs may have policies in addition to those listed here; please check with your Advisor/Division Head for details of the Proposal procedures in your program.]

Step 5: Preparing for Final Exam/Oral Defense

When applicable, talk with your advisory committee about scheduling your Final Exam/Oral Defense for your Dissertation. Once the details are decided on, book a room for your defense and submit your event to the University Calendar as well as cross listing the event in the Psychology Department calendar. This must be done at least TWO weeks before your defense date. To book a room and submit an event for the Doctoral Dissertation defense.

Once the event is submitted, email the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator, TWO weeks in advanced of your oral defense date with the date, time, location, room number, advisor name, and working copy of dissertation.

FOUR weeks prior to the defense, download and begin to complete your Dissertation Tentative Approval Page. TWO weeks prior to the defense submit this form to The Graduate School and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator. This form is to confirm that the advisory committee has been consulted and tentatively approved the dissertation pending the results of the oral defense.

ONE week in advanced, complete and submit the Dissertation Defense Signature form, to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator only. This form indicates your dissertation examiners and solidifies that all members involved will be present at the PhD oral defense.

Note: The examiners of your oral defense CAN be the same individuals who were your reviewers on your dissertation proposal, they CAN also be entirely two different people. Essentially, the two examiners can be any faculty member that is not in your advisory committee.

Step 6: Final Exam/Oral Defense

After your Final Exam/Oral Defense is completed, submit the Report on the Final Exam for Doctoral Degree form to The Graduate School (official signatures) and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator.

Note: Recommended to bring two copies of the Report on the Final Exam, Dissertation Submission Checklist, and Approval Page of the dissertation to the oral defense. (See step 7 to access the last two forms)

Step 7: Submitting the final Dissertation

Before submitting your dissertation to the Graduate School, check that all requirements for formatting have been completed. Detailed information regarding format guidelines can be accessed on the Graduate school's Doctoral Dissertation Preparation web page.

One of the required documents on the Dissertation Submission Checklist is the confirmation of the electronic submission of the Survey of Earned Doctorates. All research-based graduate students are required to complete the survey on-line at https://sed-ncses.org/GradDateRouter.aspx. Please read it carefully and complete it accurately.

Complete and submit your Dissertation Submission Checklist to the The Graduate School and a copy to the Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator.

Note: If you hold a Graduate Assistantship you will not be able to submit the Dissertation Submission Checklist until the absolute last day to hand in paperwork. For the Spring 2018 semester that is Friday, May 4th. For the Summer it is Wednesday, August 22. However you can submit your dissertation to the digital commons prior to that date. If you are a clinical student and have defended prior to going on internship do not submit your 'Dissertation Submission Checklist' form or your final dissertation until the year you will be conferring your degree.

 

Step 8: Apply for Graduation

Apply for graduation in order to have your degree officially audited and approved.

Note: This can also grant you to participate in the Spring commencement ceremonies.

Disclaimer

Please check with your advisor or division head for divisional requirements as well. This sequence is only referencing The Graduate School and Psychological Sciences Departmental requirements. For any further questions or for more information please reference the Psychology Graduate Student Handbook.