The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University offers an intense, challenging
and exciting training program leading to the Ph.D. degree. The faculty include many of the
world's leading researchers in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental
psychology, and social-personality psychology. The goal of the graduate program is to
produce independent, creative, and insightful scientists capable of using analytical and
empirical methods to advance basic knowledge.
Approximately 25-35 graduate students are in residence at any time. Their programs are
funded from a variety of sources including external or university fellowships,
and research grants. Students from related departments such as Computer Science or Social and Decision Sciences participate in various aspects of the program as well. There is also a postdoctoral fellowship program with 15-25 fellows participating. Because the graduate program is small, each student's course of study is tailored to meet the individualís needs and interests. The focus of the program is on acquiring research skills, and this generally takes place through collaboration with the studentís advisor and other faculty in the environment.
The department encourages applications from students with strong backgrounds, not only
in psychology, but also in related disciplines such as the biological and natural sciences,
mathematics, and engineering. The program emphasizes rigorous application of
experimental, mathematical and computational tools to the analysis of behavior.
Carnegie Mellon has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research. It is straightforward for students
to take courses or engage in research with people from departments of Computer Science,
Statistics, Social and Decision Sciences, English, Philosophy, and the Graduate School
of Industrial Administration (GSIA). In addition, students take courses and interact with
research faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, particularly in the departments of Behavioral
Neurosciences and Psychology as well as with the faculty at the Learning Research and
Development Center (LRDC) and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC).
To learn more about the department, its history, and its environment, visit our
If you are considering our graduate program, please view our Admissions FAQ page.
Graduate Progam Coordinator: Erin Donahoe