The Ph.D. program trains students in basic theories of human cognition, the practice and interpretation of empirical cognitive and developmental research, as well as how to use research to improve educational practices and develop innovative methods built around new technologies.
The curriculum and program requirements are designed to prepare graduates for careers in several possible settings. For the doctoral programs, work settings after graduation might include: research organizations, or universities seeking faculty in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, educational technology, reading, and learning analytics.
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Doctor of Philosophy-75 points
Required Courses (9 points):
Statistics (12 points):
Optional: HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics (3) This course is not recommended for those who have taken undergraduate statistics.
Specialized Courses (minimum of 15 points): Selected in consultation with an advisor and focusing on one of the following areas of focus:
Cognition and Learning:
Cognitive Science in Educational Practice:
Research Apprenticeship (9 points):
Three or more semesters in a research practicum:
HUDK 6539 Research practicum in educational psychology, cognition, and learning (1-3), taken over multiple semesters for a total of 9 points. The first 3 point Research Practicum has to be taken in the Spring term of the first year. The student needs to submit a report of participation in a research study by the end of that Spring term.
Flexible Course (3 points)
In consultation with a faculty advisor the student can choose to take either another 3 points of Research Practicum (HUDK 6539) or another 3 points of Specialized Course.
Special Seminars (minimum of 5 points):
Breadth/Foundation Courses (12 Points):
One course (minimum of 3 points) in each of the 4 following areas:
1. Biological Basis of Behavior:
2. Cognitive Basis of Behavior:
3. Social Cultural Factors and Individual Differences:
*Please note: Courses used to fill Breadth/Foundation course requirements may not be used to fulfill requirements in another area.
Non-departmental Courses (minimum of 8 points):
At least three courses outside the department and selected in consultation with an advisor.
The M. Phil is an en passant degree awarded to those nearing the completion of the Ph.D. degree. The student contacts the Office of Doctoral Studies to file for award of the degree.
To receive the M. Phil., the student must satisfactorily complete the following requirements:
Please note: Students must submit a copy of their "Program Plan of Study" and both research papers to the Department of Human Development for record keeping purposes.
Relevant graduate courses with earned grades of B or higher taken in other recognized graduate schools to a maximum of 30 points, or 45 points if completed in another Faculty of Columbia University, may be accepted toward the minimum point requirement for the Ph.D. degree. For more information, please contact the Transfer Credit Coordinator in the Registrar's Office.
Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements. If satisfactory progress is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program. Where there are concerns about satisfactory progress, students will be informed by the program faculty.