Courses & Program Requirements - ADA

Adult Development and Aging (Ph.D.)

Program Requirements

The joint doctoral program in Adult Development and Aging at Cleveland State University and The University of Akron requires that students complete approximately complete 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. A degree will be awarded to a student who, besides fulfilling the general requirements, has met the following specific requirements:

  • a minimum of 96 semester hours of study, including a Masters Thesis;
  • completion of Ph.D. core courses. Core courses are specified in the ADA Graduate Student Handbook. The student is required to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in all courses;
  • completion of additional required and elective courses to be planned in conjunction with the student’s faculty advisor and subject to approval by the ADA committee;
  • satisfactory performance on the doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinations (refer to the ADA Graduate Student Handbook);
  • completion of a minimum of 12 dissertation credits;
  • satisfactory completion of a dissertation defense;
  • complete and fulfill general doctoral degree requirements of the Graduate College



Students will be required to take courses at both Cleveland State University and The University of Akron. Enrollment in and successful completion of the following courses will be required:

Cleveland State University Courses

•Mental Health and Aging
•Health Psychology in Later Life
•Sensorimotor Processes in Adulthood
•Cognitive Aging

University of Akron Courses  

•Psychological Research Using Quantitative and Computer Methods (I and II)
•Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
•Socioemotional Development in Later Life
•Research Methods
•Neuropsychology of Aging

Additional Courses

•Graduate Seminar in Psychology: Additional Research Methods Courses (i.e., Multivariate Methods, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling)
•Diversity Across the Lifespan
•Independent Reading and Research
•Research and Thesis