Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

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

2. Required by Psychology

  • 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, our 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.


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

Latinx Mental Health; Trauma and Stress Disparities; Service Utilization

Robert Belli

Memory and Neuroscience in Applied Settings

Rick Bevins

Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Animal Learning; Drug Abuse

Eve Brank

Legal interventions in personal and family decision making

Rebecca Brock

Developmental psychopathology; couples and families

Kathy Chiou

Traumatic Brain Injury, Metacognition and Awareness, Neuroplasticity

Lisa Crockett

Adolescent Development Lab

David DiLillo

Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Lab

Mike Dodd

Vision, Attention, Memory, Perception

Jenna Finch

Learning and Development Research Group

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

Kathryn Holland

Sexual violence; Sexual health; Social context and policy

Debra Hope

LGBTQ Mental Health and Well-Being

Nicholas Hubbard

NeuroCognitive Translation Laboratory

Matthew Johnson

Cognitive Neuroscience; Interactions among Attention, Memory, and Perception

Ming Li

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

Tierney Lorenz

Women's Reproductive and Sexual Health; Salivary Bioscience; Endocrine and Immune Interactions with Mental Health

Dennis McChargue

Biobehavioral Substance Mechanisms and Related Treatments (B-smart) Lab

Tim Nelson

Pediatric Psychology; Psychosocial Factors and Pediatric Health

Maital Neta

Affective Neuroscience; Individual Differences in Emotion

Cary Savage

Neuroscience of Health Behaviors and Sports-Related Concussion

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

Cognitive and Evolutionary Perspectives on Decision Making in Humans and other Animals

Scott Stoltenberg

Behavior Genetics; Health-Risk Behaviors; Acute Stress Response; Biology of Social Interactions

Ashley Votruba

Culture's Influence on Cognition; Judgment and Decision Making in Law and Policy; Social Psychology applied to Law, Politics, and Policy

Ken Wakabayashi

Preclinical Models of Addiction, Psychostimulant and Alchol Abuse, Nutrient-Sensing Circuits and Reward

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

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For additional details check out the dept./program website: Psychology.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.