Most courses are typically scheduled in the late afternoon (3 pm) or evening (6 pm). Some courses may be offered over the summer as well.

Two-Year Typical Course Sequence

A student who takes three courses in each of the first two semesters can complete the program in two years. A typical sequence for a student in the thesis track might be the following:

Semester 1

  • Intro to Psychological Science
  • Research Methods
  • Core Content Course

Semester 2

  • Independent Study: Thesis Proposal (thesis track); or
    Core Content Course or Elective (content track)
  • Statistics
  • Elective or Core Content Course

Semester 3

  • Independent Study: Thesis Research (thesis track); or
    Core Content Course or Elective (content track)
  • Elective or Core Content Course

Semester 4

  • Elective or Content Course
  • Elective or Core Content Course

Three-Year Typical Course Sequence

A student who takes two courses in each of the first two semesters would probably complete the program in three years. A typical sequence for a student allowed to pursue a thesis might be the following:

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Intro to Psychological Science

Semester 2

  • Independent Study: Thesis Proposal (thesis track); or
    Core Content Course or Elective (content track)
  • Statistics

Semester 3

  • Independent Study: Thesis Research (thesis track); or
    Core Content Course or Elective (content track)
  • Core Content Course

Semester 4

  • Core Content Course
  • Elective Content Course

Semester 5

  • Core Content Course

Semester 6

  • Elective Content Course

Undergraduates accepted under a dual-degree program may take three graduate courses during their final undergraduate year at Rutgers, reducing the minimum time required to complete the program to as little as a year and a half.  

Students who are attending part-time or who must proceed more slowly may require more than two years to finish the program. Consistent with the policies of the Graduate School, students must have completed their thesis by the end of their fifth year.