The PhD in Psychology (Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience) is a
multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program that applies biological and
psychological principles to behavior and cognition. In this program, you will gain
academic expertise through laboratory experience and core coursework while
broadening your knowledge and research skills through electives and special
We apply a flexible approach to your education, providing a broad-based
curriculum, specialized research training, and quality teaching
opportunities. Our doctoral students concentrate on one of the traditional areas of
behavior, cognition, or neuroscience or combine portions of these areas for
individually tailored regimens specifically suited to their interests.
Our faculty members are active scientists with fully equipped laboratories who
provide individual mentorship throughout the program. You will receive in-depth,
apprenticeship-style training, working closely with faculty. Our complete program of
classes, research, teaching practica, and grantsmanship training will prepare you for
an academic teaching position and to perform independent and funded research in
The PhD in Psychology is a rigorous and uniquely flexible 54-credit hour program.
Focusing on one of the traditional areas of behavior, cognition, or neuroscience or
combining elements of these areas, you will develop an individualized course of
study to pursue your academic and research interests.
You will build a solid foundation in biology and psychology through required and
elective coursework and take advantage of faculty expertise by engaging in
special topic seminars. In the course of your in-depth laboratory research training,
you will perform original experiments under the guidance of a faculty member. With
this apprenticeship-style training, your master’s thesis, and your dissertation
research, you will engage in research every semester. This combination of an
advanced scientific education and extensive hands-on experience will prepare you
for your research career.
Students who enter the program without an MA in psychology will complete one over
the course of the doctoral program.
In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study,
applicants must submit a completed graduate application form, Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) scores for the General examination (Verbal, Quantitative, and
Analytic), three letters of recommendation, and copies of all college transcripts.
Students are admitted for full-time study only.