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Developmental Psychology Student Handbook

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan.  In the first weeks as a new graduate student it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the flood of information, consulting and advice. This handbook is a concise compilation of the basic structure of the Developmental program and provides helpful guidelines for planning your studies over the course of the five- year program. The handbook does not replace
seeking advice from your advisor, other faculty members, and advanced graduate

Beyond the first semester as a new student, you should continue to consult this handbook when questions arise about rules, requirements and procedures in the program.

The handbook sections follow the sequence of years in the program, beginning with general information then moving to the first two years of the program and candidacy requirements, and ending with the three post-candidacy years. The appendices provide details about the Prelim Exam and requirements for students in joint programs.