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The Department of Psychological Sciences offers a doctoral program with emphases in Clinical Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and Social/Personality Psychology. The department also offers a dual program in Child Clinical and Developmental Psychology. All emphasis areas offer broad empirical and theoretical training with a research emphasis. The Clinical Psychology emphasis area is accredited by the American Psychological Association and by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System, and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.

Degrees Offered

Lifespan Development, Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  No
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  15

Certificate description:  Developmental psychology and lifespan developmental studies include the scientific study of psychological changes that occur over the life course. Therefore, developmental studies are inherently interested in many of the same questions of other areas of psychology, education, family studies, etc., but by investigating the ways in which particular psychological processes change and develop from infancy to adolescence, and through to adulthood. The purpose of the graduate certificate in lifespan development is to provide students in other areas of psychological study, or human behavior broadly defined, a better understanding of the ways in which psychological functions change with age, as well as the challenges and special considerations that are a part of research with children and adolescents and how they may be different from those of working with adults.

Certificate web site:
http://psychology.missouri.edu/dev

For information about certificate, contact: 
Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr, Coordinator

Email:                 
Phone: 
 (573) 884-1681
Address:   Lifespan Development Graduate Certificate Program, 204D McAlester Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: December 1

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE score: no minimum, subject test is strongly recommended

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

An interview is required for admission to the clinical psychology program. Students earn an MA en route to the PhD, but we do not admit students seeking a terminal master’s degree.

Most students accepted have an undergraduate major in psychology or its equivalent. Acceptance is based on training, quality of work, recommendations, GRE scores and other information. For additional information on admission requirements, consult Graduate Study in Psychology and Associated Fields, published annually by the American Psychological Association and available in most libraries.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Psychology Program

  • All application materials should be submitted directly through the Office of Graduate Studies Online Application
    • Select at least one, but not more than three, faculty members on the Faculty Interest Document for the year in which you apply to attend. The Faculty Interest Document will be available around October prior to the application year.
    • 500 word personal statement
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Writing Sample/Sample of Work: Research or academic paper you authored, preferably in your area of interest.
    • Official GRE score report. Subject Test recommend for applicants to the Clinical program.
    • CV/Resume – Your resume or vita should list relevant research achievements, including published papers, conference presentation and fellowships.