Thinking about applying here for graduate school? We were recently ranked as one of the ten best social psychology programs in the United States. We are particularly strong in the areas of stereotyping, prejudice, emotion, motivation, cultural psychology, positive psychology, affective forecasting, counterfactual thinking, political psychology, intergroup relations, implicit cognition, research methods innovation, and social cognition more generally. With the recent hire of Jamie Morris, we are now a great place to do fMRI work on social neuroscience. With the recent hires of Ben Converse and Sophie Trawalter --both of whom are joint appointments with the new Batten School -- we are now a great place to explore the applications of behavioral science to public policy and leadership.
Here are some additional reasons to go ahead and apply:
The Application Process
In each admissions cycle we usually receive 80-120 applications and offer admission to 6-8 people. Successful applicants usually have excellent grades, excellent GRE scores, outstanding letters of recommendation, and undergraduate research experience. However we evaluate each applicant on an individual basis, and we encourage students with unusual backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from minorities and other underrepresented groups.
We accept students only for the Ph.D. program, not for a master's degree. We train students to become independent researchers, and most of our students go on to hold research positions in academe, government, or private industry.
We admit students to the area, rather than to any specific laboratory. This is intended to encourage students to work in multiple laboratories during their graduate career, and it assures that students have the option of changing primary advisors as their research interests develop without consequences to their funding from the program. We believe that diversity of training experiences produces scholars with greater breadth and, because of exposure to multiple labs, better ideas for what type of training model they will use with their own students. Students who have research interests fitting with more than one faculty member have, on average, a better chance of being admitted to the program than students who have research interests connecting with just one faculty member. Further, students with interests in just one faculty member are unlikely to be admitted during years in which that faculty member is unlikely to add a primary student. For the incoming class of 2012-2013, the Oishi, Spellman, and Trawalter laboratories are unlikely to add a primary student. But, as in all years, those faculty will continue to collaborate with many students in the program.
For more information on the application process you can access the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Psychology Department website.
To get application materials and apply online click here.