Psychology Graduate Program (M.A. to Ph.D.)
At the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, graduates pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology. As part of this process, students complete coursework and write a master’s thesis, thus completing an M.A. degree. During their time in the Psychology Department, students have the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of psychology by completing courses across a range of psychological disciplines, including behavioral neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, community and cultural, developmental, experimental psychopathology, and social psychology.
Students will also receive training in research methods and statistics in preparation for developing and conducting their own research projects. The emphasis on using scientific methods to study psychology serves to enhance students' critical thinking and reasoning skills, and results in rigorous research projects that add to the theoretical body of knowledge in each field. Projects may also contribute to real world settings by translating knowledge into practices that promote health and well-being throughout the lifespan.
Graduates with their Ph.D. degree are competitive in many different types of positions. Some of our graduates pursue additional training in post-doc positions. Others are employed in the public and private sectors, including academia, state and federal government, community-based organizations, and mental health and medical practices.