Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Students

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, training grants, 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 individual’s needs and interests. The focus of the program is on acquiring research skills, and this generally takes place through collaboration with the student’s 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).

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

If you have any further questions concerning Graduate Admissions, please contact the Graduate Progam Manager: Erin Donahoe