Psychology is a very broad and dynamic discipline. The central focus is on the understanding, prediction, and enhancement of individual behavior, from a variety of perspectives. The graduate programs in Psychology represent a broad spectrum of these perspectives. They range from cognitive neuroscience; to the biological and physiological bases of behavior; to clinical and counseling psychology; to behavior in social and work environments, to behavior genetics; to the assessment of individual differences in personality, abilities, and interests; to the quantitative modeling of individual performance in a variety of settings.
To accommodate this broad spectrum, the graduate programs in Psychology incorporate eight different program areas and students apply directly to one of these eight areas, depending on their interests. While there is a common core of expertise across areas, there is considerable specialized knowledge and skill developed within each area as well. New students begin working with faculty on collaborative research during their very first semester. Our goal is to produce highly accomplished scholars and researchers who can function at a high level in a variety of occupational roles.
The Psychology Department also incorporates two professional training programs at the Ph.D. level, one in clinical psychology and one in counseling psychology. That is, in addition to becoming an outstanding researcher in these two areas, the doctoral student will also satisfy the requirements for licensure as a clinical or counseling psychologist. Consequently, in addition to being involved in research from day one, students in these two programs will also complete a number of professional training courses and a 12 month pre doctoral internship at an accredited site.
This is a very exciting time to be in psychology. New areas of research and application are being developed across the entire spectrum, at an ever increasing rate; and their implications for increasing the understanding, prediction, and enhancement of human behavior are of the utmost importance. New students become part of this enterprise, with full financial and faculty support.
The Graduate School embraces the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society. The Graduate School and its constituent graduate programs are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.
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Erik Girvan PhD, 2012
University of Oregon
"The Psychology Department at the U of M has a very good reputation for solid basic science research, prides itself on giving its students a broad theoretical tool box by exposing them to a range of areas within the field, and is encouraging to students who have somewhat applied interests.
While exploring options for graduate school, when I would explain what I was interested in studying, social-psychology faculty from various programs around the country frequently recommended that I study here. And more than once while presenting at national conferences I have had people comment upon noticing the University of Minnesota on my name tag that I must be getting very good research training."