What Every Graduate Student Should Know

Prerequisite Courses



The goal of this requirement is to ensure that the student has the basic research knowledge and competence, which will serve as the foundation for the more advanced knowledge and skills that will be introduced in the core requirements. 



The prerequisite courses are required ONLY for graduate students who did not obtain their undergraduate or master’s degree, from the U.P. Department of Psychology. These required courses are not counted as part of the courses leading towards the Ph.D./M.A. degree; instead, they are courses that need to be passed before some of the required core and area courses could be taken. 
There are only three prerequisite courses: Psych 207, Psych 208, and Psych 209 (see section on course descriptions). However, a student could also be required to take undergraduate courses offered by the Department in preparation for the area courses. A student may be required to take a maximum of 18 units of prerequisite courses. The student also has the option of taking validation exams for these prerequisite courses, instead of enrolling in them.
Grade requirement. Students are required to pass these courses. There is no minimum grade requirement for any of these prerequisite courses; however, low grades in these courses will not reflect well on the student during the yearly evaluation of student performance.

Concept and Methods Core Courses



The goals of requiring a set of core courses are (1) to equip the student with a wide range of research tools that will allow him or her to engage in research on any problem in psychology that he or she may choose, and (2) to provide the student with an historical perspective on the nature of the theoretical and methodological approaches that psychologists currently use. 



The set of core requirements is composed of four courses: Psych 206, Psych 210, Psych 212, and Psych 220 (see section on course descriptions) and nine units of introductory courses in the various areas of specialization. These courses cover the advanced conceptual and methodological knowledge that are fundamental to any form of advanced thinking and research on a wide range of psychological problems. All graduate students are required to pass all these courses. Students are encouraged to take the core courses as early in their program as possible. 
Grade requirement
Students in the Ph.D. program should pass each of the four core courses and maintain a general weighted average of 1.75 or better. Students in the M.A. program should pass each of the four core courses and maintain a general weighted average of 2.0 or better. 

Area-of-Specialization Requirements (for Ph.D.)



The goal of this requirement is to provide the student the opportunity to develop knowledge in specific areas of study in psychology more intensively. Through this requirement, the student should become well versed with the problems of their area of specialization as well as become familiar with the theories and methodological approaches that can be used to address these problems. 



The area-of-specialization requirements consist of (1) core area courses, and (2) related area courses. The core courses are the advanced content courses and method courses for specific sub-areas within each area of specialization. The student needs to complete 24 units of such courses. The related area courses are seminars and special topics courses within the area of specialization. The student needs to pass at least 6 units of these courses. Together, these requirements are intended to provide the minimum specialization training for the Ph.D. student. 


Grade Requirement

Students in the Ph.D. program should pass all area-of-specialization courses and maintain a general weighted average of 1.75 or better. 

Minor Area Requirements (for Ph.D.)


The goal of this requirement is to provide the student the opportunity to develop knowledge in a secondary area of specialization (preferably in a related or complementary area to the major area of specialization). 



The minor area requirements consist of 12 units of non-introductory courses in any of the sub-area of study other than the actual area of specialization. 


Grade Requirement

Students in the Ph.D. program should pass all minor area courses and maintain a general weighted average of 1.75 or better.

Other Policies


Program Advising

Each student will be assigned to a program adviser. If the student declares an area of concentration; the program adviser shall come from the same area, whenever possible. The program adviser shall make the students aware of the options available to them in the graduate program and answer all the questions the student may have about the program. The program adviser shall also assist the students in making decisions relevant to their graduate studies (including enrollment, choice of panel members, etc.). The program adviser shall also help the students work out a study program and monitor the students’ progress in the study program. Finally, the program adviser shall identify and respond to problems that students may have in the program. 


Updating Student Records

At the beginning of each semester, before registration, the student should update her records in the Department of Psychology office. The students should indicate all the courses that were completed in the previous semester, and update all other relevant information such as address and place of employment. Keeping these records current will help the graduate faculty in its efforts of monitoring the student’s progress in the program. 


Enlistment for Courses

The student obtains all registration materials from the Graduate Office of the College. The student brings these materials as well as her updated records to her program adviser. The program advisor will then work with the student in deciding the student’s course work or other activities for the semester. The student then proceeds to the Psychology Department Office to enlist for the advised courses. If the student is required to seek the consent of the instructor before enlisting in a course, she should provide proof of this consent. 

Dropping a Course

A student who stops attending classes shall apply to drop the course at the Graduate Office of the college. The last day of dropping for a semester is posted in this office. The student shall pay a dropping fee. After payment, the student should provide the course instructor with the dropping permit, or the teacher may give the student a failing grade. 


Failure to Complete a Course

A student who fails to submit all course requirements shall be given a mark of "INC" if the student’s class standing is passing, and "5" if failing. The "INC" may be replaced by a grade upon completion of the course requirements within the allowed period of one year. No student is allowed to complete any course beyond the prescribed period. The student may re-enrol in the course in order to obtain a grade for that particular subject. Otherwise, the "INC" mark shall remain in the record of the student. 


Leave of Absence

A student who plans to go on official leave from the program shall first consult with the program adviser before proceeding to the Graduate Office of the college to process the necessary papers. The student will need to pay a fee to file for official leave. A student who leaves the program without official permit from the Dean shall be considered "AWOL" and shall have to pay a reinstatement fee upon return if the department recommends readmission. 


Honorable Dismissal

A student who decided not to complete the graduate program and leave the program permanently should follow the same procedures for temporary leave. However, the student also needs to be cleared by appropriate offices and shall be granted "honorable dismissal". 

Disqualification from the Program

A student may be disqualified from the program on the following grounds: (1) failure to maintain the minimum weighted grade requirement; (2) second failure in the comprehensive examinations; or (3) second failure in the oral examination of the dissertation. 

Maximum Residence Requirements

A doctoral student who does not have a Master's degree in psychology shall have eight years to finish the program starting with the first enrollment and including all leaves, official or not. On the other hand, a doctoral student who has a Master’s degree shall have six years. 
In certain cases, and only upon recommendation of the graduate faculty, a student may be given one to five years extension to complete the degree course. This extension shall be granted on a yearly basis, and justification needs to be provided for each year of extension. In case the student extends beyond the maximum residency requirement (MRR), he/she shall take one three-unit course for every two years or fraction thereof of the extension granted. These penalty units should be taken during the extension period. To request for extension beyond the MRR, the student shall write the Dean, thru channels. The letter should be accompanied with an endorsement from the program adviser and/or dissertation adviser.
Students who are unable to finish the degree course within the maximum time prescribed (including extensions) shall not be allowed to continue in the program.

Application for Graduation

A student who intends to graduate shall present an application for graduation to the college. This should be done in the semester before graduation and before the deadline set by the Registrar’s office. A student should be in residency for at least one year prior to graduation. The student shall be recommended for graduation by the department, the College faculty, and the University Council. The recommendation shall then be forwarded to the Board Regents for approval, after which the student shall be considered to have graduated.