We offer an outstanding research-oriented Ph.D. program with areas of specialization in:

Plus specialized subfields of study in:

Our graduates secure positions in academic institutions, research institutes, government health and social service agencies, and corporate research and consulting companies.

Please note that we do not offer a terminal master’s degree, nor do we provide training in Clinical, Counseling, Educational, or School Psychology. Applicants interested in Educational or School Psychology should consult the Graduate School of Education.

UCR’s National Reputation

UCR is recognized for excellence in higher education, community development, and support for diversity (e.g., U. S. News & World Report ranked UCR 12th in the nation for diversity in 2014; Washington Monthly ranked UCR 2nd in its list of “best colleges for the country” in 2015). The Department of Psychology is continuously evolving with new faculty hires, a state-of-the-art building, and a new neuroimaging center adjacent to the Psychology Building. The Department ranks among the top 25% of graduate training programs in psychology nationwide (U. S. News & World Report, 2014).

If you are interested in applying to our Ph.D. program in Psychology, please review our faculty research specializations to make sure we have potential mentors here who engage in research that interests you. We recommend that you contact any faculty member who might be a potential mentor via email before applying because not all faculty members accept students every year.

***Currently our students are admitted for the Fall quarter only. The Application Portal opens in early September-November 30th the year before (i.e. Fall 2021, the application opens in September 2020). The deadline to submit your application and all supporting documents for the Psychology Graduate Program is December 1st.***

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