University of Minnesota
Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology's home page.

Psychology at Minnesota

Founded in 1919, the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology has had a long and prestigious history. It has been ranked among the top ten graduate psychology departments in the U.S. since the first comparative quality survey was conducted in 1957. These rankings reflect the hallmark of the department: a faculty of distinguished psychologists known for the highest achievement in research and a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our graduate programs combine classroom instruction and advanced seminar participation with student and faculty collaborative research. The presence of outstanding faculty who have contributed exemplary theory and research in both basic and applied psychology has attracted a wide variety of excellent students. You will benefit from the challenge, stimulation, and enjoyment of working with them.

The graduate training programs in the department are oriented first to the training of skilled researchers and teachers in psychology as a discipline, and then to the training of specialists and practitioners. To reflect the diversity of the discipline, we offer specializations in the following subfields. Although you may take courses and do related work in any area, you will select one of these areas as a focus for your graduate program.

Areas of Specialization

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions

Robin Peterson
S246 Elliott Hall


Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:30

Why U of MN?


"The University of Minnesota is a first-class research institution with exceptional faculty who do important research. The Department of Psychology really appealed to me because of the collaborative work done in the various labs within the department as well as the interdisciplinary centers across campus. My research combines my interests in social psychology and consumer behavior, and I have faculty mentors in both the Department of Psychology and the Carlson School of Management. Many other graduate students work with faculty in Political Science, Law, Food Science, and even Entomology. I have found it very rewarding to study psychology not just deeply, but also to more broadly study how it relates to other important fields."