University of Florida | Department of Psychology

Typical Program Plan

  • Year 1
    • Begin a research project with advisor
    • Take required coursework
    • Participate in Developmental Area Brown Bag
    • Participate in Seminar on Psychological Science
    • Develop a Master’s thesis proposal
    • Give at least one lecture or presentation
  • Year 2
    • Continue required coursework
    • Participate in Developmental Area Brown Bag
    • Submit Year 1 research for publication
    • Complete and defend Masters research project
    • Give at least one lecture
    • Present at a National conference
  • Year 3
    • Finish required coursework
    • Participate in Developmental Area Brown Bag
    • Submit Master’s thesis research for publication
    • Conduct research for next publication submission
    • Give at least one lecture
    • Present at a National conference
  • Year 4
    • Continue research and writing for publication
    • Complete Qualifying Exam (involves a written component and an oral evaluation)
    • Develop Dissertation Proposal
    • Teach one course: Introductory Psychology or Developmental Psychology
    • Present at a National conference
  • Year 5
    • Complete Dissertation
    • Continue writing for publication
    • Continue conference presentations and lectures
    • Conduct job search (applications, job talk, interviews)