Psychology - Adult Development and Aging

The Psychology departments at The University of Akron and Cleveland State University offer a joint doctoral program in the Psychology of Adult Development and Aging. Students admitted to the program are required to take approximately equal amounts of coursework at each institution. The coursework covers the areas of research methods/design, foundation courses in adult biobehavioral functioning, adult psychosocial functioning, and advanced research seminars. The doctoral degree will require a minimum of 94 credit hours of coursework.


Admission Requirements

  • GRE (General test)
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to success in the field and probable academic success at the doctoral level
  • Personal statement of professional goals and reasons for choosing the field of Adult Development and Aging and The University of Akron
  • Vita outlining educational and professional experiences

Application Deadline

  • January 15 for Fall enrollment (only admit for fall term)

Additional Information

In addition to coursework, Ph.D. students are strongly encouraged to become involved in research and publishing. Students typically work with several faculty on research and applied projects. A doctoral dissertation and a doctoral Comprehensive Exam are required of all students, and students are encouraged to complete the program in four years.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

Not all departments offer graduate assistantships. Students should inquire with the department directly to determine assistantship availability.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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