Concentration in Quantitative Psychology

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Requirements for Formal Concentration in Quantitative Psychology

The Quantitative Psychology Program offers a formal concentration in quantitative psychology for graduate students in one of the other five doctoral programs within the Psychology Department (Behavioral Neurosciences, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Social). At this time, the formal concentration is not available to students enrolled in doctoral programs outside of the Department of Psychology. A student wishing to complete a formal concentration must arrange for one of the faculty members in the Quantitative Program to serve as his or her Quantitative Program adviser. In consultation with each other, the student and the Quantitative Program adviser will determine an appropriate combination of courses to satisfy the requirements for formal concentration.

The course sequence must include Psychology 830-831, which are required of all graduate students in Psychology, plus four additional courses within the Department of Psychology. Thus the formal concentration is achieved by completing four courses beyond the basic required sequence of 830-831.

Each course must be completed with a grade of at least P.

Graduate students who have completed coursework in quantitative methods from another university, or from another department at UNC, may petition for substitution of one such course for credit toward the formal concentration in Quantitative Psychology. Such petitions will be considered only when the course to be substituted is at an appropriate level, is relevant to quantitative psychology, and does not overlap significantly with other courses credited toward the formal concentration. It is strongly recommended that approval be obtained prior to enrolling in the non-Psychology course. Another relevant factor involves availability; if courses within the Quantitative Psychology Program are available, petitions for substitution of courses from other departments at UNC will be viewed less favorably. A substitution may be planned as part of the formal concentration if a course in another department fits well into a student’s planned series of courses for the formal concentration. In any case, no more than one such substitution will be allowed. Petitions must provide documentation regarding the proposed substituted course, including a syllabus and information about the textbook used (and the final course grade if available). Petitions must be directed to the Director of the Quantitative Psychology Program.

For graduate students for whom Psychology 830 and/or 831 have been waived, the total number of courses required to complete the formal concentration is reduced accordingly.

Any waivers from these policies must be requested in writing to the Director of the Quantitative Psychology Program.

Upon completion of the requirements for the formal concentration the student may request a letter from the Director of the Quantitative Psychology Program indicating that the student has officially met these requirements. It is important to recognize that the formal concentration is not equivalent to a formal minor as defined by the Graduate School. A graduate student in Psychology can obtain an official minor only in another department or program outside of Psychology. However, the formal concentration will have the certification of the Quantitative Psychology Program and can thus be listed on a CV.