Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA or PhD in Psychology with optional specialization:
    • Ethnic Studies
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Law Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Note: Students are encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. program and will earn the M.A. during their Ph.D. program.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Debra Hope

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Jamie Longwell

Campus Address
238 Burnett Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0308

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Psychology

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these 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 programs: December 2 for Fall.
  • All other areas: December 16 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


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!

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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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

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

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Psychology.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.