Welcome to the Graduate Program in Psychology!

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Psychology with a Focus on Human Cognition and Development
The Graduate Program in Psychology is a small, selective, research-intensive program that focuses on Human Cognition and Development. Our areas of specialization are cognitive, developmental and social psychology—and faculty and students often work at the intersection of these areas.

The department accepts mainly Ph.D. students, who obtain a master’s degree in the process of working for the doctorate. But every year a few well-qualified students may also be accepted for a Master’s of Science degree. Ph.D. and M.S. students define an area of specialization through their research experiences and selection of graduate seminars (see Program Requirements for greater detail and Course Listings in the catalog).

All students actively engage in research and collaborate closely with faculty members, as well as student colleagues. Departmentfaculty conduct research on: attention, cognition, and language; social cognition, motivation, and personality; and cognitive, social, and emotional development in socio-relational and socio-cultural contexts.  See Areas of Specialization and individual faculty and graduate students’ web pages to obtain more details about current research activities in the department. 

In addition, psychology faculty and students work with researchers from other departments, programs, and colleges, including Women's Studies and Cognitive Science, as well as the Colleges of Business and Education.  Many labs also collaborate with researchers at other institutions. 

To read more about our program, please see the Program Description links to the left, and the College of Arts and Sciences Psychology graduate program description. For general information about graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences, visit the College Graduate Studies page.