Undergraduate Admissions

Psychology is a great major. Our discipline encompasses all of the many different factors that affect human thoughts, feelings, behavior and development. We study changes in the brain, how families affect children, how people form impressions of other people, how people make decisions, how communities and cultures affect people’s lives. The breadth of coverage in our discipline provides you with the background to face many different challenges in the world today that require an understanding of human behavior. It also gives you a perspective on why you are who you are, and helps you discover who you want to become.

Another reason psychology is a great major is that we help you gain skills that will be useful to you no matter what career you pursue. Employers want people who have: written communication skills, problem-solving skills, analytic/quantitative skills, leadership and mentoring skills, and teamwork skills. A major in psychology will help you develop these skillsets, which you can take anywhere.

Psychology is a great major with which to pair many different co-majors, including neuroscience, which we co-sponsor with Biology.

In order to declare the psychology major please follow the instructions on the following page- Declare the Psychology Major

Graduate Student Admissions

To be admitted to any of the graduate programs in psychology, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and provide official GRE scores. Applicants may be asked to provide unofficial GRE scores before official GRE scores are available. Candidates’ undergraduate preparation should include a background in psychology, at least one course in mathematics, statistics, and one laboratory course in psychology. Demonstrated ability and experience in research and activities related to the applicant’s desired field of study is considered very important. Three letters of recommendation are required. Although most students enter the program after finishing a bachelor’s degree, the department does admit students who have completed a master’s degree from another program. A number of successful graduates of the program have entered after having worked in other fields.

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