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Psychology, Ph.D.

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University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
In the course of studying for and completing a PhD in the field of Psychology, students will work toward mastering a broad understanding of causes of behavior, with a particular emphasis within at least one of our three areas of study: Social and Personality (S&P), Perception, Cognition and Development (PCD), and Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience (BEN). 
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  • Our faculty members have interests that go from influences on behavior in a social context, to neural mechanisms of learning, to evolution of brain capacities for particular behaviors. 
  • The major goals of our graduate program are for our students to appreciate the questions and approaches of those in the department outside their specific interests, and for them to become experts in their own chosen domain.
  •  We provide a variety of means for students to achieve these goals, from area and department research discussion and speakers, to repeated required presentations on their own research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research facilities include: special rooms for research in problems of perception and cognition; a social-psychology laboratory equipped for experimental and observational studies; electrophysiological, histological, and chemical laboratories; surgery facilities; facilities for the maintenance and behavorial study of vertebrate and invertebrate laboratory animals; darkrooms and shops; an audiovisual studio equipped for the study of teaching; laboratory computers and interacting terminals with the capacity to control equipment in experiments and to do online processing and complex data analyses; and other specialized facilities, both on campus and at various off-campus locations.

Concentrations by Subject:

  • Behavorial And Evolutionary Neuroscience
  • Perception, Cognition And Development
  • Social And Personality Psychology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Only applicants seeking the Ph.D. degree are accepted. Applicants must submit GRE general test scores in addition to transcripts of the undergraduate record, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of interests.
  •  Applicants are not required to submit scores on the GRE subject test in psychology, or to have had an undergraduate major in psychology. Prior research experience is highly desirable; applicants may submit research reports or work. Persons whose primary interests lie in clinical, counseling, industrial, or school psychology should not apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
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  • National

    29500 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
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