Ph.D. On Campus

Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology

The New School

60 months
2260 USD/credit 27120 USD/year
2260 USD/credit 27120 USD/year
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The Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology PhD program at The New School emphasizes the role context plays in shaping cognition and behavior, focusing on social factors, culture, the body, and the situation.


This contextual approach of the Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology program from The New School provides a framework for understanding psychological theories and other biologically based perspectives on mental and emotional activity. Students concentrate in either cognitive, social, or developmental psychology.

Program features 

  • Overall, the research conducted in the program reflects a broad-based perspective that supports diverse methodological approaches and that encourages interdisciplinary work.
  • Students concentrate in either cognitive, social, or developmental psychology through specialized seminars and independent study with members of the faculty who share the student's interests.
  • However, they are welcome to take courses, work with faculty, and engage in research that bridges these different concentrations.  Students also can take relevant courses offered by other universities through the Inter-University Consortium.

Programme Structure

Curriculum details:

  • Graduate Minors: Students can use elective courses toward completing one of the university’s graduate minors.
  • Dissertation: The dissertation proposal process consists of two separate stages: Preliminary Dissertation Proposal and Defense and Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and Defense
  • Literature Review: The first portion is a stand-alone literature review article that is submitted in a form that is potentially acceptable to a peer review journal.
  • Empirical Article: The second portion consists of a stand-alone empirical article written in a form that would be acceptable to a peer review journal

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students begin their studies toward the PhD by obtaining an MA in General Psychology, which includes courses in psychopathology and the psychology of individual differences. Only after this can they apply for admittance to the Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology PhD program.
  • To be eligible to apply, students must complete the distribution requirements for the MA degree with an overall grade point average of at least 3.7 at the time of application.
  • Students who wish to pursue the PhD in Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology must submit a statement of research plans.
  • Students with MA degrees in psychology from other universities may be eligible for "Advanced Standing" status in the New School MA program.
  • International applicants are required to follow all admission procedures for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Please pay special attention to the transcript requirements for applicants with foreign credentials.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2260 USD per credit during 60 months.
  • National

    27120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2260 USD per credit during 60 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Applicants for graduate school who are seeking financial aid should notify their prospective academic department early in the application process. Graduate students are automatically considered for university merit-based scholarships and fellowships as part of the admission process. Note however: For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, limited scholarship funds are usually combined with government supported grants and loans in a financial aid package, so applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Graduate students are notified of their scholarship awards soon after their admission in a letter from either their academic program or Student Financial Services.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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