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Psychology graduate Programs at University of Pennsylvania

Students Enrolled in University of Pennsylvania graduate programs : 3028

Composition of students population for Psychology

Masters degree in Psychology awarded to 59 students
International Students 420
Female students 1669


Psychology Graduate program Tuition for in state students $34,882
Out of State Average Full Time Tuition for Psychology Graduate Program $34,882

At the University of Pennsylvania, although the Graduate Group does not have a Master's program in Psychology, a student who has successfully completed the first year program, and 8 c.u.'s, may apply for an M.A. Degree. The paper associated with a 699 is viewed by the Graduate Group as being similar to a Master’s Thesis. Students taking the 698 (Rotation) would be expected to write a research paper based on one of the rotation projects to be considered for a M.A.

The Graduate Group in Psychology is highly distinguished and represents a broad range of work in psychology and includes an APA-approved clinical program. Two regular faculty and two emeritus professors are members of the National Academy of Sciences, and three regular faculty are Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Department also includes past presidents of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and of the Linguistics Society of America. Many other faculty, graduate students, and former students have received national awards for excellence in research and teaching. We have strong connections with other disciplines at the University. Our members play pivotal roles in two of the most important interdisciplinary areas on campus, the cognitive sciences and the neurosciences, both of which have been fostered by the Department as a matter of policy.


A full listing of our graduate group members may be found here. All members of our graduate group are eligible to advise students in our program.

The Psychology Graduate Group offers a full-time Ph.D. program with curricular and research opportunities in a broad range of areas, including: sensation and perception, cognition, language, learning, motivation, motor control, psychopathology, judgments and decisions, and social processes. Biological, cultural, developmental, experimental, mathematical, and neuroscience approaches to these areas are used in teaching and research. The Graduate Group has an APA accredited clinical psychology PhD program, the purpose of which is to train research investigators, rather than training practicing clinicians. Psychology graduate students also participate in several NIH and NSF sponsored training programs, including those in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, language and communication science, complex scene perception, and visual science.

As with most research-oriented programs, the majority of our graduates (77% during the 2006-2012 period) spend a few years doing postdoctoral research after defending their dissertation. After completing their postdoctoral training, 60% of our graduates have secured tenured or tenure track positions, 24% are employed by industry or government, and the remaining 16% of graduates are in non-tenure track academic positions.

For students who are pursuing clinical training, the majority defend their dissertation within 5 years (17 24) and then complete a one-year clinical internship as the final step in completing their degree. The one-year predoctoral clinical internship is a requirement of programs accredited by the American Psychological Association.

All parts (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing) of the GRE (General Test of the Graduate Record Examination) are required. Although the Psychology Subject Test is not required for non-clinical applicants, applicants who are admitted to the clinical program must take the Psychology Subject Test before they matriculate in order to demonstrate that they have acquired foundational, discipline-specific knowledge. This will fulfill several important American Psychological Association requirements and will allow for greater flexibility in choosing coursework at the graduate level. We have a relatively small program, which can accommodate 10 new students each year. For students enrolled for Fall 2017, the mean score for the Verbal GRE was 160, with a range of 152-168 the mean score for the Quantitative GRE was 166, with a range of 156-170 and the mean score for the Writing GRE was 4.5, with a range of 3.5 to 5.5. The mean GPA was 3.8. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL, unless they graduated from an English-speaking university. No other special tests are required.

Psychology is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average for all occupations Median pay for Psychology in 2018 was 95710$. The number of jobs were 13310.

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