Graduate Program

Our graduate program trains students to make original contributions to knowledge by conducting scientific research. Those who earn a Psychology PhD from our department are positioned well to pursue positions in academic, government, industry, and nonprofit sectors. Regardless of their eventual career pursuits, students spend most of their time planning, doing, presenting, and publishing their research while in our program.

Areas of concentration reflect the research interests of the faculty. These include:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognition and Perception
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychopathology
  • Social Psychology

The graduate program's coursework and milestone requirements have been constructed to consider the student's professional development and to foster a successful research career. Effective written communication is an essential research skill. As such, one of the main objectives of the graduate program focuses on effective written communication of scientific research. To achieve this objective, students receive extensive feedback on writing from personalized faculty committees.

PhD in Psychology

The PhD program in Psychology is comprised of a pre-master's and a post-master's part.

PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science

The Joint PhD Program in Cognitive Science offers students the opportunity to receive world-class training in the interdisciplinary methods and theories of Cognitive Science.

Tufts University also offers advanced degrees in the area of School Psychology through the Department of Education and Clinical Developmental Psychology through the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.