Program of Study
During their first two years, students take a series of core courses that prepare them intellectually and methodologically for the program. The intellectual core consists of Cognitive Development, Social Development, and Language Acquisition; the methods core consists of a multi-quarter statistics sequence and a specialized Developmental Methods course. Students are also expected to take more specialized courses that link to their research interests and inform the research for their master’s degree.
Students are expected to complete their master’s degree, including the master’s thesis, by the end of the first two years of study. At the end of the third year, students are admitted to Ph.D. candidacy after passing the Candidacy Examination. Questions for the Candidacy Examination are based on a reading list that is prepared with the help of the four faculty members who serve on an examination committee. An additional one to two years are typically spent completing the Ph.D. dissertation.