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 OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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.
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Faculty and research
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Latino mental health disparities; Trauma-related disparities; Improving mental health accessibility
Memory and Neuroscience in Applied Settings
Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Animal Learning; Immunology
Jury Decision Making; Eyewitness Memory; Procedural and Distributive Justice
Legal interventions in personal and family decision making
Developmental psychopathology; couples and families
Traumatic Brain Injury, Metacognition and Awareness, Neuroplasticity
Adolescent Development and Risk Behavior; Ethnic Differences in Parenting
Interpersonal Violence, PTSD, and Substance Use
Vision, Attention, Memory, Perception
Multimodal Perception; Web-Based Technology in Student Learning
Power; Subtle Sexism; Objectification; Sexual Harassment and the Law; Violence against Women and Sexual Assault
Child maltreatment and family violence
Anxiety, Gender and Transgender, and Sexual Orientation
Cognitive Neuroscience; Interactions among Attention, Memory, and Perception
Animal Communication and Behavior; Evolutionary Psychology; Bird Song
Psychopharmacology of Antipsychotic Drugs; Animal Models of Schizophrenia; Neurobiology of Maternal Behavior
Biobehavioral Vulnerability Factors of Unhealthy Behaviors and Addiction
Pediatric Psychology; Psychosocial Factors and Pediatric Health
Affective Neuroscience; Individual Differences in Emotion
Violence risk assessment, threat assessment, sexual offending, workplace violence
Cognitive Development; spatial cognition and executive function; influence of natural environments on cognition
Schizophrenia: Psychopathology, Treatment & Rehabilitation, Social Policy and Service Systems
Integrating Cognitive and Evolutionary Perspectives to Study Decision Making in Humans and other Animals
Behavior Genetics; Health-Risk Behaviors; Acute Stress Response
Legal Decision Making; Social Psychology and Policy; Law and Behavioral Science; Psychology and Criminology
Latina/Latino Legal System Disparities and Implications for Health Related Outcomes, Conceptualizations of Ethnicity and Race