Carnegie Mellon University

The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University offers a highly-individualized, challenging and exciting training program leading to a Ph.D. degree in either Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience.

Training faculty for either of these degrees include many of the world's leading researchers in:

A hallmark of our program is significant attention to research development and apprenticeship with individual faculty, with each student's course of study tailored to meet the individual’s needs and interests. The focus is on acquiring research skills, and this generally takes place through collaboration with the student’s advisor and other faculty in the environment. Our overall goal being to train independent, creative, and insightful scientists capable of using analytical and empirical methods to advance basic scientific knowledge.

Approximately 25-35 graduate students are in residence at any time. All students receive full support, including an annual stipend, full tuition, and health coverage. Support comes from a variety of sources including external or university fellowships, training grants, and faculty research grants.

The basic graduate program for either Ph.D. consists of:

  • Relevant coursework in the areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, social/health psychology to provide breadth in the areas of psychology best represented by our program.
  • Training in basic and advanced statistical and computational skills.
  • Teaching assistantships to provide trainees with mentored experiences in university-level instruction.
  • Professional development seminars to build professional skills and enable individualized pathway planning.
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research and reporting to train ethically responsible scientists who produce rigorous and reliable research.

Carnegie Mellon has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research.

It is straightforward for students to take courses or engage in research with faculty across the university, including from the Neuroscience Institute, Robotics, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, Statistics & Data Science, Social and Decision Sciences, Philosophy, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and the Tepper School of Business. In addition, students often take courses and interact with University of Pittsburgh faculty from Psychology, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC).

If you are considering our graduate program, please view our Admissions page.