Graduate study in the Department of Psychology is organized into four areas: Experimental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Cognition, Brain, and Behavior (CBB). These areas consist of faculty members whose combined interests span a coherent program of advanced study and research in some subfield of psychology.
Students enrolled in the PhD program follow one of two tracks. The first is the Common Curriculum, for students in the Developmental, Social Psychology, and CBB areas. The second track is Clinical Science. for students in the Clinical area. Students may only be considered for Clinical Science during the graduate school application process.
Faculty in the Department of Psychology have a wide range of interests, and the themes of their research often span the boundaries of traditional areas in the field. Visit the Department of Psychology for a list of themes and associated faculty.
The Department of Psychology uses a holistic approach in evaluating applicants and admitting graduate students to the program. Among the factors considered are grades from undergraduate coursework, test scores, letters of recommendation, application essays, prior research experience, and focused research interests, with an emphasis on those that are compatible with those of faculty members. The department is also actively committing to building an inclusive field. Part of that commitment is prioritizing diversity and support for diverse individuals within our department.
While an undergraduate concentration in psychology is not required, some social science coursework is recommended. Because the program is heavily quantitatively oriented, college-level math and statistics are also advised. Research experience is extremely helpful; successful applicants have often worked for professors, done research projects as part of college courses, written an undergraduate thesis, or volunteered in a psychology research lab.
The verbal, quantitative, and analytical aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are optional.
Before making the decision to apply, the program in Psychology suggests checking individual faculty/lab websites or emailing faculty directly to inquire whether they plan to consider applicants for Fall 2022 admission. It’s important to note that while individual faculty members may have every intention of bringing in a new student this year, we cannot guarantee that they will all be able to do so. The total number of offers of admission to be extended by the graduate program is based on applicant preparedness and fit, availability of university advising and support resources, and target class size. Some of these factors are not able to be determined until after the applicant pool has been finalized.