Academic Programs

Concentration Areas

Follow the links below for extensive information our Ph.D. and M.A./M.S. concentrations and co-concentrations:

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If your interests span several disciplines, you can enroll in one of several dual degree options. Some areas your fellow graduate students have pursued in conjunction with the Psychology degree have been Management (MBA), Public Health (MPH), Public Policy, and Education--but other opportunities can be pursued.

Non-Degree Programs

If you are seeking professional development, various opportunities are open to you:

Program Design

Every student is unique, and so is every student's experience in a graduate program. Because of that, we give every student the ability to profit from a graduate program that is unique as well. Here you’ll be able to lay the foundations for a career in teaching and research. You can prepare yourself for leadership positions in government, business, or nonprofit organizations. If you want to, you can take courses in management at the Drucker School, in applied economics in the Division of Politics and Economics, and in the information revolution at the School of Information Systems and Technology.

In graduate school you will continue to grow as a person and a scholar—maybe even changing your career goals along the way. At CGU, you will be able to tailor your curriculum to your specific passions and abilities. The result of this tailored, flexible curriculum: you’ll have more options. You’ll be equipped to evaluate what works and what doesn’t, in addressing some of our world’s most important problems. You’ll be ready to do path-breaking research. And as a graduate, you’ll be sought after for a variety of rewarding career opportunities.

If you’re pursuing the doctoral degree, you’ll join Ph.D. students from five different graduate schools in CGU’s unique transdisciplinary core course. Here you’ll work with other doctoral students ranging from mathematics and philosophy. Together with a team of CGU professors, you’ll explore how transdisciplinary research can unlock important research questions.

Follow this link for information on courses and registration.

Practical Experience and Internships

All DBOS graduate students are encouraged to gain practical experience through projects, internships, or jobs. A variety of faculty members, research institutes, local colleges and universities, and local organizations employ DBOS students. For example, the Claremont Evaluation Center and Institute for Research on Social Issues are organized research units in DBOS that employ and provide practical experience for numerous students.

All DBOS Ph.D. students are required to take either the Field Placement Seminar (with an accompanying internship) or the Teaching Seminar (with an accompanying teaching experience).

The unique structure of the curriculum reflects Claremont's commitment to career-relevant training. For example, as a way to show proficiency in his or her area of specialization, each Ph.D. student accumulates a "portfolio" of professional accomplishments such as published research papers, teaching experiences, specialized methodology courses, and/or written grant proposals.