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Traffic and Transportation Psychology Ph.D. Program


Application Requirements


Graduate Exam: ALES or GRE score (ALES EA 75)

English Proficiency Exam: METU IYS (75)

Reference Letter: Two reference letters (from applicants outside of METU Psychology Department)

Letter of Intention: A letter of intention in English or Turkish

GPA: 2.5/4.0 or 75/100


After the initial evaluation successful applicants will be invited to an interview.


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Students with a B.Sc. degree in psychology can apply for the Ph.D. program even if they have a masters degree from a different discipline. Students from other disciplines need to study academic deficiency programs.


The evaluation criteria are as follows:

50% ALES or GRE

30% GPA

20% Interview


Number of students who can be admitted to the program may change from year to year.



Fields of study


Research and the curriculum include topics such as accident and behavioral models, related contemporary theories and their implications, social psychology of driver behavior and attitudes, risk factors for psychomotor and cognitive processes in driving, research methods of traffic psychology, accident prevention and safety intervention techniques, human factors and performance, traffic safety and accident investigation, urban transport systems, planning and design.



Required Courses
PSY 510 Advanced Statistics for Psychology II (4)
PSY 601
Proseminar in Psychology
PSY 671 Supervised Research in Psychology I (3)
PSY 672 Supervised Research in Psychology II (3)
PSY 673 Supervised Research in Psychology III (3)
PSY 699

PhD Dissertation (NC)

PSY 603 Seminar Series I 
PSY 9XX Special Studies/Topics (NC)



Elective Courses
Departmental / Non-Departmental Course 1 
Departmental / Non-Departmental Course 2
Departmental / Non-Departmental Course 3
PSY 519
Human Factors and Performance
PSY 570 Overview to Traffic and Transportation Psychology
PSY 571

Accident and Behavioral Models, Theories, and Its Implications

PSY 572 Social Psychology of Driver Behavior and Attitudes
PSY 573 Risk Factors for Psychomotor and Cognitive Processes in Driving
PSY 574 Research Methods of Traffic Psychology
PSY 576 Situation Awareness: Theory and application
PSY 578 Accident Prevention and Safety Intervention Techniques
PSY 662
Advanced Issues in Organizational Safety Culture and Climate
PSY 676
Advanced Issues in Driving Simulator
PSY 677
Driver Testing, Selection, and Training
PSY 678 Brain, Neuropsychology and Driving