College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Graduate Programs > Psychological Science (MA/PhD)
DePaul’s Psychological Science MA/PhD program is a highly competitive program that trains students in the theories and methodologies that define the core scientific pillars of psychology: social, developmental, cognitive and neuroscience. With an emphasis on critical and integrative thinking, our students will understand the psychological foundations of human thought, emotions, motivation and behavior while conducting innovative research on diverse topics within psychology. You will have the opportunity to develop research and statistical skills both inside the laboratory and out in the world developing scientific solutions to real-world problems. Our program will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career as a researcher, educator, and/or consultant in a variety of fields.
The Psychological Science MA/PhD is a combined degree. The MA is non-terminal and, therefore, only students intending to earn the PhD are admitted. Classes are offered during the day on the Lincoln Park Campus and the program can be completed in four years.
For international students: this is a
STEM-designated program, which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.
Research is an integral part of your training and begins during your first year of the program. Prepare for work in a wide variety of scientific, academic and applied settings by gaining practical experience in centers and labs directed by Psychological Science faculty and by teaching your own course.
The deadline for fall admission is December 15.
Submit an online applications, GRE scores, transcripts, course history form, letters of recommendation and personal statement.
For the MA portion, you’ll take 12 courses and complete a thesis. For the PhD portion, you’ll take seven courses and complete a dissertation.
of surveyed 2018 graduate psychology alumni were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment.
The reported median salary for 2018 graduate psychology alumni was $52,000.
Associate Professor Yan Li directs DePaul’s Social Development Lab, which addresses research questions about social development from middle childhood to adolescence. The goal of her team’s research is to understand the developmental processes and contribute to the promotion of well adjustment in children and adolescents.
“The Psychological Science program at DePaul gave me the independence and guidance I needed to successfully start my research career.”
You’ll join a network of psychology alumni working in corporate and nonprofit organizations as well as faculty and administrators at colleges across the country. You’ll also be part of a community of 180,000 DePaul alumni, the majority of whom live in the Chicago area.
Admitted Psychological Science MA/PhD students are funded with tuition waivers and research/teaching positions. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at
(773) 325-7315 or
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