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Psychological Science (MA/PhD)

Psychological Science (MA/PhD)
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Using science to understand the human experience

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.

Get a closer look at what it’s like to be in the program. See our Program Highlights, Frequently Asked Questions, Program Faculty and Grad Student Bios.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program, which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.

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Gain extensive research experience

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.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for fall admission is December 15.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online applications, GRE scores, transcripts, course history form, letters of recommendation and personal statement.

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Required Courses

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.

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of Psychological Science graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The reported median salary for Psychological Science alumni was $59,040.

Make contributions to the field with faculty mentors

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.”

Mark (MA ’10, PhD ’12)

Associate Professor, Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Alumni Network

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 more than 201,000 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.

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Contact Information

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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