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

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

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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