The Department of Psychology, CLA, and the Graduate School set progress standards and implement assessment mechanisms to ensure graduate students have clear information about expectations and how to meet them.
Good Standing & Academic Progress
Psychology Good Standing Policy
Defines "good standing" for the department, college, and university and informs students of the timeline for degree milestones. Links to administrative forms are included; see the handbook for probation and dismissal procedures.
Psychology Student Learning Outcomes
An overview of goals for PhD training in the Department of Psychology - research excellence; teaching and mentoring; service, engagement, and leadership; and professional ethics.
University-Wide Policies on Academic Progress for MA and PhD Students
Degree Completion Steps
Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) manages the electronic workflows and paperwork steps that all graduate students must complete to obtain their degree.
Access to the electronic workflows, and guidance on the timing for when steps should be completed, are maintained in the following overviews:
- PhD Degree Completion Steps
- Plan A MA (with thesis) Degree Completion Steps
- Plan B MA (capstone) Degree Completion Steps
GSSP’s guidance is general; you should always consult these documents in combination with the Graduate Student Handbook and your area handbook to make sure you understand applicable variations in the order of steps. Students completing a predoctoral internship, for example, will typically have a different timeline for their final steps to graduate.
Annual Progress Report | APR
The Graduate School requires all master’s and doctoral students to be reviewed annually and notified of whether or not they are meeting progress standards.
- See the Graduate Student Handbook section titled “Satisfactory Progress and Annual Review” for:
- APR timeline and steps.
- APR outcomes and follow-up procedures.
- Review the Annual Progress Report (APR): Workflow Mockup & Advice for Students to see the questions you will be asked in the form and get supplementary advice to support your completion of this annual requirement.
- Use the Annual Progress Report - Draft Answers Template to prepare draft answers to share with your advisor(s) and identify the details you need to include in your answers to the APR questions.
- Consult the Extenuating Circumstances Statement Guidelines if you are considering uploading a statement to your APR.
- For Spring 2023 APRs, follow these instructions and deadlines, which were emailed to student on April 17, 2023.
Proactively Addressing Challenges
If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances, or if other factors are impacting your timeline for degree progress steps, please reach out proactively. More options for support are typically available with advance notice, and before a determination of unsatisfactory progress is made.
Your advisor(s), the DGS, and the ADGS are all available for consultation and to help you plan for adjustments to your timeline, as appropriate to your situation.
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH - 626-3483
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002