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Psychology (PSYC)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


Psychology is a remarkably broad field that studies mind and behavior at all levels of analysis ranging from the micro to the macro; from single cells to complex systems; from individuals to groups and cultures; and from invertebrates to humans. Some of these endeavors connect with the biological sciences and others with the social sciences. As analytical, methodological, and theoretical advances in one domain increasingly influence developments in another, psychologists collaborate in ever greater numbers with scientists in neighboring disciplines, resulting in new subfields that blend the biological and social sciences.

Our department reflects well this combined diversity of and collaborations among approaches. In recognition of this fact, we organized our training structure into 5 Ph.D. Specialty Areas:

- Clinical (CLIN)

- Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)

- Counseling (COUN)

- Developmental (DEV)

- Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS)

Research collaborations across areas are common and we encourage students to consider training across areas as well. The Department’s doctoral programs in both Clinical and Counseling Psychology have been approved by the American Psychological Association. School Psychology, also an APA approved program, is offered in the College of Education.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

The Department accepts only those applicants who have demonstrated competence for completing the requirements of the doctoral degree. The typical student admitted to the graduate program has an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or above, a psychology grade point average over 3.5, GRE scores of 155 and above for Verbal and 147 and above for Quantitative, appropriate background experiences, outstanding letters of recommendation, research experience and/or previous relevant work experience, and goals congruent with the program. The Department of Psychology encourages applications from members of racial/ethnic minority groups.

Students admitted to the graduate program often earn the M.S. en route to the Ph.D., however, this varies across specialty areas and the specific requirements within a given specialty area should be consulted. All students must be full-time until completion of all requirements of the doctoral program other than the dissertation have been met.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree requirements are a research thesis (6 credit hours) and 24 credit hours including two courses in statistics. The department does not offer a terminal M.S. Rather, students admitted to the graduate program often earn the M.S. en route to the Ph.D.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 credits of PSYC 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. In addition, students must complete three quantitative courses. The remainder of the student's coursework should be decided with their advisor. 


In addition to a quantitative core consisting of three courses, all students are required to take three core courses in areas outside their specialty program. These core courses are designed to provide a breadth of knowledge in psychology. Additionally, each program has requisite coursework and comprehensive examinations. A minimum of 12 credit hours for the dissertation is required for a doctoral degree. In addition to attending classes, students are expected to take part in research.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Department shares a building with the Biology Department and is centrally situated on campus near three libraries and the student union. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories, computer facilities, and video equipment. The geographic location in a suburb of Washington, D.C. provides access to a wide variety of laboratory and training facilities in governmental and other agencies. In addition, we are near the national headquarters for The American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science.

The Department follows all regulations involved in the use of human subjects and animals.

Financial Assistance

The Department attempts to provide financial aid for all incoming students, although aid is not guaranteed. The different possible types of financial support include fellowships (nominated by the department), teaching assistantships, research assistantships, work on campus, and funded externships.

Contact Statement

Additional information concerning the graduate program including specific specialty area information may be obtained by accessing our website at



Office of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology

1121 Biology-Psychology Building

4094 Campus Drive

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-1454


Associated Information




Clinical (CLIN); Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS); Counseling (COUN); Developmental (DEV); Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS).


Clinical Psychological Science (MPPS)

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MPIO)

Neurosciences and Cognitive Science (NACS)