The Department of Psychology has three doctoral options: Clinical Psychology, Social Cognitive Affective Neurosciences, and Development Psychology. In addition, there are various MA programs: Psychological Science and a joint degree in Psychology and Law.
In terms of successfully applying to Ph.D. programs, psychology is among the most popular undergraduate majors; consequently, there are many applicants for doctoral programs in psychology. In the Psychological Science M.A. program, students gain research experience working closely with a faculty member as part of a research apprenticeship, with some co-authoring articles or presenting research findings at professional meetings. The faculty member then writes knowledgeable recommendation letters about students’ ability to conduct research. Approximately one-half of the students who complete the research apprenticeship as part of their M.A. degree are accepted into clinical psychology Ph.D. programs, among other doctoral programs.