Welcome to the Graduate Program in Psychology!
Complete a Graduate Degree in Psychology - with specialties in Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology
The Graduate Program in Psychology at Lehigh University is a selective, research-intensive program that focuses on Human Cognition and Development. Our areas of specialization are Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology—and our faculty and students often work at the intersection of these areas.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of the faculty with whom they would be interested in working. Visit our websites - and send us an email!!
**Please note that a new faculty member - Dr. Nancy Carlisle, a cognitive neuroscientist investigating visual working memory and attention - is joining our department and will be seeking graduate students. Information about her research interests can temporarily be found here.
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 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).
All students actively engage in research and collaborate closely with faculty members, as well as their student colleagues. We 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 for more detail about current research activities in the department. In addition, we often work closely with researchers from other departments, programs, and colleges, including the Health, Medicine and Society Program, the Cognitive Science Program, as well as the Colleges of Business and Education. Many labs also collaborate with researchers at other institutions.
Our doctoral students are supported financially (with stipend and tuition) throughout their time in the program. To learn more about us, 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.