Students who enter without a master’s thesis are required to complete a master’s degree, usually during the first two years. (For students entering with a master’s degree, decisions about the acceptability of the student’s previously completed thesis in satisfying our thesis requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis.) At the end of the second year a decision regarding each student’s continuation in the program will be made by the faculty, on the basis of their portfolio and general performance up to that time.
Students who continue in the program beyond the second year are expected to satisfactorily complete the Ph.D. written comprehensive examination during their third year. Students who satisfactorily complete the exam will be considered for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
Students in the Quantitative Psychology training program are expected to develop a portfolio containing evidence of their competencies and experiences in the program. The portfolio is developed incrementally over the student’s first three years in the program. It is reviewed by the entire faculty of the program at the end of each academic year. Note, however, that the portfolio is not judged to be passing or failing. Rather, it is designed to help the faculty guide the student in the development of the student’s career. With this in mind, the faculty will provide the student with feedback about the portfolio. The contents of the portfolio are:
- Study Plan: A plan for the student’s course of study. The first draft of this plan is developed during the first semester of the first year with assistance from the student’s advisor; the plan should be in the portfolio by April 1st of the first year. The plan includes a general statement of research interests and professional goals, and a proposed set of coursework and research experience to help meet these goals. The plan is revised each year and is reviewed by the faculty at the end of each year.
- Courses Taken/to be Taken: A list of the courses taken or planned should be included in the portfolio and brought up to date by April 1st of each year. These courses should meet the course requirements given elsewhere.
- Curriculum Vitae: By April 1st of the second year the student should have prepared, with assistance from the student’s faculty advisor, a curriculum vitae. It should be revised by April 1st of each succeeding year.
- Computer Experience: Students should include materials in their portfolio providing evidence of their competence with a high-level programming language such as C, Lisp, FORTRAN, SAS/IML, MatLab, Mathematica, etc., and a statistical package such as SAS, S, SPSS, Systat, etc. Such evidence should begin accumulating by April 1st of the first year.
- Teaching Experience: When appropriate, students should include a list of courses taught, with course evaluations and any letters from the departmental chair. Additional relevant materials, such as a list of teaching seminars, workshops, etc., or a statement of personal teaching philosophy, should be included.
- Research Experience: Students should include materials in their portfolio providing evidence of their experience with research in Quantitative Psychology. This evidence may include co-authored published papers or submitted manuscripts; research reports or summaries of research in which the student has participated; description or documentation of major software developed by the student; presentation of results at conferences, etc. Such evidence should begin accumulating by April 1st of the second year.
- Published/publishable papers: There should be at least one substantial scholarly document primarily of the student’s authorship (but not necessarily sole authorship). Plans/outlines for this paper should be in the portfolio by April 1st of the second year, and the paper itself, with evidence of submission to an appropriate journal, should be in the portfolio by April 1st of the third year.
The portfolio of each student is reviewed by the entire faculty at the end of each academic year as part its annual review of student progress. Each student will be provided with a written report, with suggestions on how the portfolio should evolve over the next year.
The first draft of the study plan is developed during the first semester with assistance from the student’s advisor. By April 1st of each year, the relevant portions of the portfolio should be provided to the program director for review by the quantitative faculty.