Graduate Program Overview
Prospective applicants: Check out this video on graduate training in psychology!
Questions? Where to direct your queries:
General questions about the graduate program should be e-mailed to Dr. Michael Kane, the Director of Graduate Studies.
Questions about your fit in a particular training area are best directed to potential research mentors. Click here for a list of our faculty members.
Questions regarding the application system or process should be sent to Grant Jolliff (Admission Specialist in the Graduate School) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melinda Wolfe (Graduate Administrative Assistant in Psychology) at email@example.com.
Applications must be submitted and complete by the deadline to be considered.
December 1 for Ph.D. programs; April 20 for terminal M.A. program
The Department of Psychology offers doctoral training (Ph.D.) in psychology that centers on developing an independent research program in a specific domain of interest. An M.A. degree is awarded during the course of doctoral study. We also offer a terminal master’s program (M. A.) in general experimental psychology. We do not offer a terminal Masters in clinical psychology. Both the doctoral and the terminal master’s programs are full-time training programs that require a full-time commitment from students. Information about on-line degree programs can be obtained from the website of the American Psychological Association.
Our four major training areas are clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology. Students specializing in clinical psychology typically engage in applied research and learn how to effectively apply the methods and principles of psychology to the treatment of clients having psychological disorders. Students specializing in cognitive, developmental or social psychology engage in basic and/or applied research activities and acquire the specific tools, techniques, and content knowledge that foster the development of an independent program of research in their chosen fields.
Psychology graduate education at UNCG involves a full-time commitment with both extensive one-on-one mentoring from a faculty advisor and collaborative interactions with many faculty and students designed to develop your research skills. Because the graduate program is small, each student’s course of study can be tailored to meet individual interests and needs. Students will work closely with faculty to plan their programs of study, identify research questions of interest, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to carry out research projects at both the master’s and the doctoral level. If you are interested in applying to the program, we recommend that you initially contact a faculty member whose research interests match your own.
We encourage applications from students with strong academic records, even if your undergraduate degree is in an allied discipline such as biological science, mathematics, education, or engineering. Interdisciplinary training is a key component of 21st century psychological research and we foster the ability to communicate effectively across disciplinary boundaries and to collaborate with other academic researchers, businesses, government, and private foundations to achieve research goals. Students have ample opportunities to develop interdisciplinary interests in areas such as computer science, educational research, motor science, statistics, and biology.
Students are expected to make a full-time commitment to their graduate education and we do not admit students to work part-time toward the doctorate. Doctoral students normally are paid via a graduate assistantship for five years after admission and tuition is waived by the department as part of the assistantship. All graduate assistantships are contingent on satisfactory progress. In addition, there are higher-paying fellowships that may be awarded to outstanding candidates. Students in the Terminal Master’s Program are not eligible for graduate school stipends or tuition waivers.
Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Michael Kane