Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A., Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

Areas of Study
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Law Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Ethnic Studies
Note: Students are encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. program and will earn the M.A. during their Ph.D. program.
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Contacts for Psychology

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Debra Hope


Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Jamie Longwell


Campus Address

238 Burnett Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0308

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Psychology in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (Psychology subject test recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Department application
  • Personal statement
  • Previous research and clinical involvement (clinical only)
  • Three recommendation letters

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Psychology
Clinical Psychology and joint Law-Psychology programsFall: December 2
All other areasFall: December 16


The Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the oldest and most prestigious psychology programs in the nation. There are five concentrated areas of study within the psychology graduate program: clinical, social-cognitive, developmental, law-psychology, and neuroscience and behavior.

Faculty provide high-quality research, teaching, and practice training experiences in these six areas. The department includes a nationally-reputed joint program in law and psychology, and one of the first APA-accredited clinical psychology programs in the country.

Excellent computer facilities, laboratory space, and research support are available through the psychology department. The department only accepts students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D.; therefore, all students earn a master's degree en route to a doctoral degree. The department provides funding support through various mechanisms to all students who are admitted.

Come be a part of our tradition!

Courses and More

Students in Psychology are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Robert Belli
Role of Memory in Applied Settings; Survey Response
Rick Bevins
Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Animal Learning; Immunology
Brian Bornstein
Civil Jury Decisions; Eyewitness Memory
Eve Brank
Public Policy in Elder and Juvenile Law; Procedural Justice
Lisa Crockett
Adolescent Development and Risk Behavior; Ethnic Differences in Parenting
David DiLillo
Family Violence; Marital and Couple Relations
Mike Dodd
Human Cognition; Memory; Goal-Directed Activity
Carolyn Edwards
International Early Childhood Education; Social and Moral Development in Cultural Context
John Flowers
Human Information Processing; Attention and Implicit Learning
Calvin Garbin
Multimodal Perception; Web-Based Technology in Student Learning
Sarah Gervais
Power; Subtle Sexism; Objectification; Sexual Harassment and the Law
David Hansen
Child Maltreatment; Social Skills Assesment and Intervention
Debra Hope
Anxiety, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Daniel Leger
Animal Communication and Behavior; Evolutionary Psychology; Bird Song
Ming Li
Psychopharmacology of Antipsychotic Drugs; Animal Models of Schizophrenia
Arthur Maerlender
Dennis McChargue
Biobehavioral Vulnerability Factors of Unhealthy Behaviors and Addiction
Tim Nelson
Pediatric Psychology; Psychosocial Factors and Pediatric Health
Mario Scalora
Threats to Public Institutions; Sexual Offending; Workplace Violence
Anne Schutte
Cognitive Development; Spatial Working Memory in Early Childhood
William Spaulding
Schizophrenia; Psychopathology; Social Policy and Service Systems
Jeffrey Stevens
Integrating Cognitive and Evolutionary Perspectives to Study Decision Making in Humans and other Animals
Scott Stoltenberg
Behavior Genetics; Health-Risk Behaviors
Alan Tomkins
Mental Health Policy; Community Health and Human Services; Stakeholder Input into Public Policy
Richard Wiener
Legal Decision Making; Perceptions of Sexual Harassment; Law and Behavioral Science; Topics in Law and Psychology
Brian Wilcox
Child Development and Public Policy
Cynthia Willis Esqueda
Origins of Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes; Racial and Ethnic Bias in Legal Systems

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