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Courses are offered on the quarter system; see the Academic Calendar for The Graduate School for more information.

The following courses are routinely made available to students. Additional courses, including special topics, may also be made available to students.

 Discipline-Specific Knowledge Courses (Required)

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive & Affective Psychology
  • Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods (Statistics) I, II, II
  • Advanced Research Methodology
  • History & Systems of Psychology

 Profession-Wide Competencies (Required)

  • Diversity in Psychological Science & Practice
  • Scientific & Professional Ethics in Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment I, II, III
  • Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Interprofessional Education Seminar

 MAS-Specific Elective Courses

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Clinical Adult Psychology) 
  • Behavioral Neuroanatomy (Clinical Neuropsychology) 
  • Brain & Behavior: Introduction to Neuropsychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) 
  • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (Clinical Child Psychology) 
  • Child Psychological Assessment (Clinical Child Psychology) 
  • Child Psychopathology (Clinical Child Psychology) 
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Treatments for Depression (Clinical Adult Psychology) 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Clinical Adult Psychology) 
  • Family Therapy (Clinical Child Psychology) 
  • Forensic Psychology & Neuropsychology (Forensic Psychology) 
  • Health Psychology (Behavioral Medicine) 
  • Interprofessional Education Seminar (Behavioral Medicine) 
  • Introduction to Psychopharmacology (Clinical Adult Psychology) 
  • Marital & Sex Therapy (Clinical Adult Psychology) 
  • Motivation for Health Behavioral Change (Behavioral Medicine) 
  • Neuropsychological Assessment (Clinical Neuropsychology) 
  • Positive Psychology in Clinical Practice (Clinical Adult Psychology; Behavioral Medicine) 
  • Primary Care Psychology (Behavioral Medicine) 
  • Principles of Neuroimaging (Clinical Neuropsychology) 
  • Psychodynamic Traditions (Clinical Adult Psychology) 

Transfer Credit & Course Substitutions

The PhD program will consider accepting course credits toward the PhD from other graduate-level programs within Northwestern, after review and approval by the director of graduate studies.

Although Northwestern University does not accept transfer credits from other universities at the graduate level, under certain circumstances, the director of graduate studies in consultation with the Education and Training Committee of the PhD program will accept a previously completed graduate course as satisfying a curricular requirement of the PhD program.

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