Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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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 so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • 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, Nebraska'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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some 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.

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Faculty and research

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Arthur Andrews

Latino mental health disparities; Service Disparities

Robert Belli

Memory and Neuroscience in Applied Settings

Rick Bevins

Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Animal Learning; Immunology

Brian Bornstein

Jury Decision Making; Eyewitness Memory; Procedural and Distributive Justice

Eve Brank

Legal interventions in personal and family decision making

Rebecca Brock

Developmental psychopathology; couples and families

Carolyn Brown Kramer

Kathy Chiou

Traumatic Brain Injury, Metacognition and Awareness, Neuroplasticity

Carrie (Caron) Clark

Educational Neuroscience Including Perinatal Risk; Executive Function in Early Childhood; School Readiness

Lisa Crockett

Adolescent Development and Risk Behavior; Ethnic Differences in Parenting

David DiLillo

Interpersonal Violence, PTSD, and Substance Use

Mike Dodd

Vision, Attention, Memory, Perception

Calvin Garbin

Multimodal Perception; Web-Based Technology in Student Learning

Sarah Gervais

Power; Subtle Sexism; Objectification; Sexual Harassment and the Law; Violence against Women and Sexual Assault

David Hansen

Child maltreatment and family violence

Mark Holden

Debra Hope

Anxiety, Gender and Transgender, and Sexual Orientation

Matthew Johnson

Cognitive Neuroscience; Interactions among Attention, Memory, and Perception

Daniel Leger

Animal Communication and Behavior; Evolutionary Psychology; Bird Song

Ming Li

Psychopharmacology of Antipsychotic Drugs; Animal Models of Schizophrenia; Neurobiology of Maternal Behavior

Arthur Maerlender

Clinical Neurospsychology and Concussion

Meredith Martin

Developmental Psychopathy; Peer Relationships; Bullying

Dennis McChargue

Biobehavioral Vulnerability Factors of Unhealthy Behaviors and Addiction

Tim Nelson

Pediatric Psychology; Psychosocial Factors and Pediatric Health

Maital Neta

Affective Neuroscience; Individual Differences in Emotion

Mario Scalora

Violence risk assessment, threat assessment, sexual offending, workplace violence

Anne Schutte

Cognitive Development; spatial cognition and executive function; influence of natural environments on cognition

William Spaulding

Schizophrenia: Psychopathology, Treatment & Rehabilitation, 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; Acute Stress Response

Hideo Suzuki

Stress and Affective Neuroscience

Richard Wiener

Legal Decision Making; Social Psychology and Policy; Law and Behavioral Science; Psychology and Criminology

Cynthia Willis Esqueda

Latina/Latino Legal System Disparities and Implications for Health Related Outcomes, Conceptualizations of Ethnicity and Race

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 Kurt Mueller .