Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Psychology (30 cr, Option III only) with optional specialization:
- PhD in Psychology (90+ cr) with optional specialization:
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 OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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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Latinx Mental Health; Trauma and Stress Disparities; Service Utilization
Memory and Neuroscience in Applied Settings
Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Animal Learning; Drug Abuse
Legal interventions in personal and family decision making
Developmental psychopathology; couples and families
Traumatic Brain Injury, Metacognition and Awareness, Neuroplasticity
Adolescent Development Lab
Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Lab
Vision, Attention, Memory, Perception
Learning and Development Research Group
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
Sexual violence; Sexual health; Social context and policy
LGBTQ Mental Health and Well-Being
NeuroCognitive Translation Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience; Interactions among Attention, Memory, and Perception
Neurobiology of Maternal Behavior; Psychopharmacology of Antipsychotic Drugs; Animal Models of Schizophrenia
Women's Reproductive and Sexual Health; Salivary Bioscience; Endocrine and Immune Interactions with Mental Health
Biobehavioral Substance Mechanisms and Related Treatments (B-smart) Lab
Pediatric Psychology; Psychosocial Factors and Pediatric Health
Affective Neuroscience; Individual Differences in Emotion
Neuroscience of Health Behaviors and Sports-Related Concussion
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
Cognitive and Evolutionary Perspectives on Decision Making in Humans and other Animals
Behavior Genetics; Health-Risk Behaviors; Acute Stress Response; Biology of Social Interactions
Culture's Influence on Cognition; Judgment and Decision Making in Law and Policy; Social Psychology applied to Law, Politics, and Policy
Preclinical Models of Addiction, Psychostimulant and Alchol Abuse, Nutrient-Sensing Circuits and Reward
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