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Doctor of Philosophy

Social and Personality Psychology

Program of Study

In the PhD in Social and Personality Psychology program build foundational knowledge through core classes in social psychology and statistics and then proceed to specialized classes tailored to your interests.


Social and Personality Core Courses

  • Social Psychology I
  • Attitudes and Social Cognition
  • Four specialization courses such as:
    • Multivariate Analysis
    • Meta-Analysis
    • Group Dynamics
    • Theories of Personality
    • Research Methods in Psychology
    • Psychometric Theory and Research
    • Special Topics in Social Psychology


Out of Area Courses

Two courses from two different areas of specialization within Psychology PhD programs


Statistics/Method Courses

  • Statistical and Experimental Methods I
  • Statistical and Experimental Methods II

Initial Research Project

Demonstrate basic research competency in your subfield of psychology


Research Tool Requirement - demonstrated proficiency in one of the following:

  • Pass a foreign language test
  • Course in computer programming, mathematics, electronics, biochemistry, histological techniques, foreign language, pharmacology, or advanced statistics
  • Master a technique, statistical or otherwise, in the process of conducting the Initial Research Project or another research project


Qualifying Examinations

  • Two-day general exam based on a reading list provided by the area OR
  • Write a comprehensive literature review


Dissertation
 

 

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.


For more information, contact Program Director Ron Friedman at rfriedman@albany.edu.

Content

Research and Applied learning

You will engage in research-intensive study throughout your graduate training, beginning in your first year with the Initial Research Project and culminating in your doctoral dissertation.

Strengthen your research, writing, and critical-thinking skills in a collaborative environment. In the Social Area at UAlbany, you will work closely with faculty to foster learning and interest across labs. You will have the opportunity to conduct research in the lab, online, and in real-world settings.

As a doctoral candidate funding is available for conference travel and for independent research. You will have the opportunity to present and discuss research findings with peers from other universities as well as publish research articles. Gain experience teaching your own courses either in the classroom or online.

Researchers discussing data

Content

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Career outcomes

Pursue your area of specialty to make an impact on communities, corporations or individuals. Recent graduates of UAlbany's social and personality PhD program have obtained positions at Yale University, the University of North Carolina and Union College, as well as research positions in the government, military, and private sector.

With a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology potential careers include:

  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Data Scientist
  • Educational Program Designer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Marketing Researcher

"The faculty are very supportive and collegial. The classes and supervised research projects prepare you for conducting rigorous independent research."

- Christa Taylor, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Admissions Requirements
Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available


 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE general test (preferred but not required)
  • Statement of goals
Special Notes

This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.