Area-specific Typical Progress Sequence PHD AS

Please note that your program may vary depending on the thesis research project. For example, some projects will have extensive and time-consuming data collection stages, whereas others may take extra time at the analysis stage. These guidelines are typical for students continuing from the MA program at the U of Guelph. Be sure to work out goals and a timeline in consultation with your advisor and to update these in collaboration with your advisor every semester. Refer to the latest 5-year Course Rotation schedule document in your planning.

Course scheduling

PSYC*6380 (Multivariate Statistics for Psychological Research) and PSYC*6840 (Program Evaluation) are typically offered every year in the Winter. The typical instructors are:

• PSYC*6380 Ian Newby-Clark
• PSYC*6840 TBD

PSYC*6900 (Philosophy and History of Psychology) is typically offered every two years on even academic years in the Winter (e.g., W18, W20, W22). PSYC*6920 (Applied Social Psychology and Interventions) is also offered every two years on odd years in the Fall (e.g., F19, F21, F23). The typical instructors are: 

• PSYC*6900 Jeffery Yen
• PSYC*6920 Paula Barata, Benjamin Giguère

PSYC*6930 (Community, Culture & Global Citizenship) is offered every two years on even years in the Fall (e.g., F18, F20, F22), and is typically taught by Saba Safdar.

PSYC*6910 (Critical Approaches to Applied Social Psychology) and PSYC*6950 (Qualitative Methods in Psychology) are typically offered every two years on odd academic years, and in the Winter and Fall respectively. The typical instructors are:

• PSYC*6910 Jeffery Yen, Kieran O’Doherty
• PSYC*6950 Kieran O’Doherty

PSYC*6472 (Practicum II) and PSYC*6473 (Practicum III) are offered every year. Please consult with the AS practicum coordinator for more information.

PSYC*6521 (Research Seminar I) and PSYC*6522 (Research Seminar II) can be arranged with a faculty supervisor during any term. Note that these are independent/reading courses. You must find a faculty member to act as a supervisor to register for these courses.

Typical progress sequence for PhD students (continuing from MA)

PhD Year 1
Semester 1 (7) Fall
Courses

• PSYC*6900 Philosophy and History of Psychology

One of the following:

o PSYC*6380 [0.50] Multivariate Statistics for Psychological Research
o PSYC*6950 [0.50] Qualitative Methods in Psychology

Attend Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag) - all sessions, and present at least once per year. 

One of the following three core AS courses

o PSYC*6910 [0.50] Critical Approaches to Applied Social Psychology
o PSYC*6920 [0.50] Applied Social Psychology and Interventions
o PSYC*6930 [0.50] Community, Culture and Global Citizenship

Practicum

• Discuss with practicum coordinator

PhD thesis

• Draft(s) of ideas for proposals submitted to advisor

Qualifying exam (see QE examination section for more details)

• None

Advisor-independent research

• Seek out research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s))

Scholarships

• Apply for OGS
• Apply for SSHRC or other Tri council scholarship 
• Other options may also available depending on your research topic search the web and discuss with your supervisor
• Make sure to inquire about deadlines very early in the semester.

Semester 2 (8) Winter

Courses

• One of the following three core AS courses (if not already completed)

o PSYC*6910 [0.50] Critical Approaches to Applied Social Psychology
o PSYC*6920 [0.50] Applied Social Psychology and Interventions
o PSYC*6930 [0.50] Community, Culture and Global Citizenship

Attend Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag) - all sessions, and present at least once per year. 

• One elective course to be determined in consultation with the student's PhD Advisory Committee and approved by the Graduate Area Representative

Practicum

• PSYC*6472 Practicum II (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s) and the practicum coordinator)

PhD thesis

• PhD thesis proposal defended (see PhD Thesis proposal section for more information)
• Form PhD thesis committee (no later than the 10th week of the 2nd semester)
• Initial PhD committee meeting

Qualifying exam (see QE examination section for more details)

• Form committee
• Meet with committee members to finalize topic of QE paper
• Discuss relevant literature

Advisor-independent research

• Seek out research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, recommended for research stream, discuss with your primary advisor(s)) 

Scholarships

• Typically, none. However specialized scholarships opportunities can be found at various times.

Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag)

• Students are expected to attend all sessions.
• Students are expected to present at least once a year.

Semester 3 (9) Summer

Courses

• Typically available optional courses

o PSYC*6521 [0.25] Research Seminar I
o PSYC*6522 [0.50] Research Seminar II

Practicum

• PSYC*6472 Practicum II (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s) and the practicum coordinator)

PhD thesis

• PhD thesis proposal draft submitted to advisor and advisory committee (see PhD Thesis proposal section for more information)

Qualifying exam (see QE examination section for more details)

• Submit proposal for paper to committee
• Meet with committee
• Obtain approval of proposal
• Submit relevant forms

Advisor-independent research

• Seek out research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s)) 

Scholarships

• Revise OGS, SSHRC and any other grant application

*Important departmental milestones to achieve during the degree (full-time registration only): PhD must have their approved thesis proposal: 3rd semester. If the milestone is not met it will result in a “Some concerns” on the student’s progress report.

PhD year 2

Semester 4 (10) Fall

Courses

• One of the following three core AS courses (if not already completed)

o PSYC*6910 [0.50] Critical Approaches to Applied Social Psychology
o PSYC*6920 [0.50] Applied Social Psychology and Interventions
o PSYC*6930 [0.50] Community, Culture and Global Citizenship

Attend Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag) - all sessions, and present at least once per year. 

• One elective course to be determined in consultation with the student's PhD Advisory Committee and approved by the Graduate Area Representative (if not already completed)

Practicum

• Discuss with practicum coordinator if interested in doing a third practicum (discuss with your primary advisor(s))

PhD dissertation

• PhD proposal Examination
• Ethics for PhD research (if applicable; note the REB review process typically takes 2 to 6 weeks)

Qualifying exam (see QE examination section for more details)

• Submit QP to committee
• Submit research dossier
• Advisor to submit evaluation form

Advisor-independent research

• Continue research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s))

Scholarships

• Apply for OGS
• Apply for SSHRC or other Tri council scholarship
• Other options may also available depending on your research topic search the web and discuss with your supervisor

Semester 5 (11) Winter

Courses

• Typically course requirements are completed at this time.
• One of the following three core AS courses (if not already completed)

o PSYC*6910 [0.50] Critical Approaches to Applied Social Psychology
o PSYC*6920 [0.50] Applied Social Psychology and Interventions
o PSYC*6930 [0.50] Community, Culture and Global Citizenship

Attend Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag) - all sessions, and present at least once per year. 

• One elective course to be determined in consultation with the student's PhD Advisory

Committee and approved by the Graduate Area Representative (if not already completed)

Practicum

• PSYC*6473 Practicum III (Depending on options for practicum)

PhD thesis

• PhD data collection /analysis
• And elaboration of follow up research (if applicable)

Qualifying exam (see QE examination section for more details)

• Oral examination

Advisor-independent research

• Continue research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s))

Scholarships

• Typically, none. However specialized scholarships opportunities can be found at various times.

Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag)

• Students are expected to attend all sessions.
• Students are expected to present at least once a year.

*Important departmental milestones to achieve during the degree (full-time registration only): PhD must have qualifying exam completed: 5th semester. If the milestone is not met it will result in a “Some concerns” on the student’s progress report.

Semester 6 (12) Summer

Courses

• Typically course requirements are completed at this time. 

Practicum

• PSYC*6473 Practicum III (Depending on options for practicum)

PhD dissertation

• PhD data collection /analysis
• And elaboration or pursuit of follow up research (if applicable)

Qualifying exam (see QE examination section for more details)

• Completed at this time.

Advisor-independent research

• Continue research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s))

Scholarships

• Revise OGS, SSHRC and any other grant application

PhD year 3

Semester 7 (13) Fall

Courses

• Typically course requirements are completed at this time. 

o Attend Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag) - all sessions, and present at least once per year. 

Practicum

• Practicum are not recommended in the last year of your degree.

PhD Thesis

• Completion of follow up research (if applicable)
• PhD data collection/analysis
• Thesis writing

Qualifying exam

• Completed at this time.

Advisor-independent research

• Continue research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, discuss with your primary advisor(s))

Scholarships

• Consider applying for postdoctoral fellowships
• If applicable:

o Apply for OGS
o Apply for SSHRC or other Tri council scholarship
o Other options may also available depending on your research topic search the web and discuss with your supervisor

Semester 8 (14) Winter

Courses

• Typically course requirements are completed at this time.

Attend Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag) - all sessions, and present at least once per year. 

Practicum

• Practicum are not recommended in the last year of your degree.

PhD dissertation

• Completion of follow up research (if applicable)
• PhD data analysis
• Dissertation writing

Qualifying exam

• Completed at this time.

Advisor-independent research

• Continue research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, recommended for research stream, discuss with your primary advisor(s)) 

Scholarships

• Consider applying for postdoctoral fellowships

Applied Social Speaker Series (Brown Bag)

• Students are expected to attend all sessions.
• Students are expected to present at least once a year.

Semester 9 (15) Summer

Courses

• Typically course requirements are completed at this time.

Practicum

• Practicum are not recommended in the last year of your degree.

PhD dissertation

• Dissertation writing
• PhD thesis examination/defense

Qualifying exam

• Completed at this time.

Advisor-independent research

• Continue research opportunities with other faculty members than primary advisor(s) (if applicable, recommended for research stream, discuss with your primary advisor(s))

Scholarships

• None

Jobs and/or postdoc

• Draft job application materials (if applicable)
• Draft application for postdoctoral fellowships (if applicable)

*Important departmental milestones to achieve during the degree (full-time registration only): PhD must have defended their dissertation: 15th semester. If the milestone is not met it will result in a “Some concerns” on the student’s progress report.