Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • *M.A., Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Law Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Ethnic Studies

*Students are encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. program and will earn the M.A. during their Ph.D. program of study.


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
  • Department application
  • Personal statement
  • Previous research and clinical involvement (clinical only)
  • Three recommendation letters

Application Deadline

Clinical Psychology and joint Law-Psychology programs
   Fall: December 2
All other areas
   Fall: December 16

Related Programs


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 six concentrated areas of study within the psychology graduate program: clinical, cognitive, developmental, law psychology, neuroscience and behavior, and social-personality.

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

Role of Memory in Applied Settings; Survey Response
Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Animal Learning; Immunology
Civil Jury Decisions; Eyewitness Memory
Public Policy in Elder and Juvenile Law; Procedural Justice
Social and Moral Behaviors in Children and Adolescents; Latinos
Adolescent Development and Risk Behavior; Ethnic Differences in Parenting
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Family Violence; Marital and Couple Relations
Human Cognition; Memory; Goal-Directed Activity
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Human Information Processing; Attention and Implicit Learning
Multimodal Perception; Web-Based Technology in Student Learning
Power; Subtle Sexism; Objectification; Sexual Harassment and the Law
Child Maltreatment; Social Skills Assesment and Intervention
Cognitive Aging; Advanced Quantitative Methods; Methodological Issues in Study of Models of Aging; Multilevel Models (MLM); Visual Attention in Aging; Psychometric Evaluation
Anxiety, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Animal Communication and Behavior; Evolutionary Psychology; Bird Song
Psychopharmacology of Antipsychotic Drugs; Animal Models of Schizophrenia
Biobehavioral Vulnerability Factors of Unhealthy Behaviors and Addiction
Pediatric Psychology; Psychosocial Factors and Pediatric Health
International Early Childhood Education; Social and Moral Development in Cultural Context
Threats to Public Institutions; Sexual Offending; Workplace Violence
Cognitive Development; Spatial Working Memory in Early Childhood
Schizophrenia; Psychopathology; Social Policy and Service Systems
Integrating cognitive and evolutionary perspectives to study decision making in humans and other animals
Behavior Genetics; Health-Risk Behaviors
Mental Health Policy; Community Health and Human Services; Stakeholder Input into Public Policy
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Development of child interviewing and assessment skills; assessment of judicial functioning regarding maltreated children; evaluation of the experience of child victims; psychosocial risks and benefits to child bone marrow donors
Legal Decision Making; Perceptions of Sexual Harassment
Child Development and Public Policy
Origins of Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes; Racial and Ethnic Bias in Legal Systems

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.