Graduate Career Development in Psychology


Our graduate programs are designed to bring you to the next level of psychological expertise to support your personal and career development. We focus on excellent graduate teaching in small classes, with mentoring in research with first-rate faculty.  Each of our laboratories is designed to support research teams, where graduate students serve as junior colleagues.

Our M.A. in Psychological Science provides additional methodological and research expertise to improve your professional status or prepare you for more advanced study.

Our Ph.D. programs in Clinical, Social Cognitive Affective & Neuroscience (SCAN), and Developmental Psychology support development toward careers in academia, government, industry or private practice.

The Catholic University of America's Psychology Department offers undergraduate psychology majors the best of both worlds: the close personal attention found at a small liberal arts college, and the research opportunities and facilities typical of a large research university. At the graduate level, we offer M.A. programs in Psychological Science, and Psychology and Law, in addition to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology, Social Cognitive Affective & Neuroscience (SCAN), and Developmental Psychology.

  • Psychological Science (M.A.)

    This program is ideal for students to advance their psychology education and research experience. 

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  • Psychology and Law (M.A./J.D.)

    This joint degree program applies psychological theory and methods to legal situations.  

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  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

    The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology trains students toward four main goals: acquiring a broad base of knowledge in the science of psychology, acquiring competence in all aspects of conducting clinical research, acquiring competence in the practice of clinical psychology, and acquiring the professional attitudes and behaviors necessary for successful functioning as a psychologist 

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  • Social Cognitive Affective & Neuroscience (SCAN)

    The Social Cognitive Affective & Neuroscience program offers advanced training in applied-experimental psychology and applied-cognitive science to prepare individuals for career opportunities in industry, government, and universities.

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  • Developmental Psychology (Ph.D.)

    The Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program provides students with a broad base of knowledge in the science of psychology, and human development in particular.

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