The Department of Psychology confers a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, along with a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree. Importantly, we do not offer a stand-alone Master degree. Most students enter the program with Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
All students participate in scientific research and the discovery process. Each graduate student works with a primary mentor in one of the four areas within the department, as listed below. Our faculty members have a strong and consistent record of producing original research and discovery along with federal and private grant support. Many faculty have established collaborations with other institutions and units within Rutgers University, including the Brain Health Institute, Center for Cognitive Science, Institute for Health, Center for Addiction and Alcohol Studies, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, among others.
Once admitted into our program, students conduct original research alongside the faculty while taking required and elective courses. Candidacy for the doctorate is granted following successful completion of course requirements, a master's thesis, and the qualifying examination. The graduate program is designed as a 5-year program. Only those individuals willing to work full-time toward the doctorate are encouraged to apply.