On This Day in IUPUI History: May 15, 1981

May 15, 1981. 

On this day, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) approved a Ph.D. degree program in rehabilitation psychology in the Department of Psychology in IUPUI's Purdue School of Science. The trustees of both Indiana University and Purdue University had already approved the new degree and passed the application to CHE. The new Ph.D. program was the first non-health Ph.D. program on the IUPUI campus, and marked a major step forward in the development of graduate education at IUPUI. In the years to come, many more Ph.D. programs arose in IUPUI schools.

The Rehabilitation Psychology Ph.D. program morphed into the current Clinical Psychology program, one of three Ph.D. programs in the Department of Psychology (the others are Addiction Neuroscience and Applied Social & Organizational Psychology). They are among eleven Ph.D. programs offered in the School of Science. Overall, seventeen IUPUI schools offer more than 250 graduate and professional degrees.

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To learn more about the development of graduate education at IUPUI, please consult records in the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Staff are happy to help you get started. Contact us at speccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated May 15, 2019 by Editor Name Missing