Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

Program Learning Outcomes for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology and a major concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the statistical and measurement concepts necessary to carry out independent research involving psychological measurement.
  2. Communicate research involving psychometrics and psychological measurement effectively by writing clearly, concisely, and cogently.
  3. Read critically and assess research manuscripts for their psychometric content, across psychological and multidisciplinary arenas.
  4. Communicate research by presenting papers and/or presentations.
  5. Write an independent and original dissertation that includes a strong emphasis in psychometrics and quantitative psychology.

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Psychology 

MA Degree Program

The MA degree is a thesis master’s degree. For general university requirements, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MA in Psychology, graduate students may earn the MA degree after obtaining approval of their candidacy for the PhD. For general university requirements for PhD degrees, please see Doctoral Degrees. For both MA and PhD degrees, students must complete a research thesis, including a public oral defense. Required coursework is determined by the student’s major concentration. Students must complete an admission-to-candidacy procedure to establish their expertise in their chosen major concentration. Competence in a foreign language is not required.  

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MA Degree in the field of Psychology30

PhD Degree Program

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. In addition, students pursuing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology must:  

  • Complete all coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each required course.
  • Complete all of the course requirements in their major concentration.
  • Successfully complete and present the first-year project in May of the first year.
  • Successfully complete and present the second-year project in May of the second year.
  • Write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation committee must be in the area of Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology and be overseen by a Psychology faculty member affiliated with the Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology Major Concentration.

Students who have not previously completed a master's degree in Psychology or a related field, must successfully defend a master’s thesis and earn the MA degree in Psychology. Students who come to Rice with a master's degree in a related field can be exempted from this requirement.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology 90

Degree Requirements for the PhD Degree in Psychology and a Major Concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

Core Requirements
PSYC 502ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS I3
PSYC 503ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS II3
PSYC 507RESEARCH METHODS3
PSYC 602PSYCHOMETRICS3
PSYC 631FOUNDATIONS OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 from the following: 19
COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF COGNITIVE PROCESSES
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS
MULTILEVEL MODELING IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
META-ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
First-Year Project
Second-Year Project
Thesis Requirement
Completion and public defense of a thesis
Additional Coursework as Approved by Department
Total Credit HoursMinimum of 90

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Psychological Sciences publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Psychology_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/