Reception honoring Department graduates and their families. Will begin at end of graduation ceremonies
About the Program
We are pleased that you are interested in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). We hope that this introduction to the Department will answer some of the questions you may have about our graduate programs and about the University itself. The Department has a strong core of dedicated, nationally and internationally known faculty who have wide-ranging interests. There are 34 full-time faculty members in the Department.
The Graduate Student Office maintains a blog with information for Psychology Department graduate students.
The Department of Psychology is one of ten programs and departments in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). Students are accepted into the following specialty areas:
- Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)
- Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS)
Each area offers a range of subspecialties and educational opportunities that combine expertise across several areas. The Department's doctoral programs in both Clinical and Counseling are accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The Department and all the specialty areas within it share the goals of educating graduate students to conduct research and scholarship, and the clinical, counseling and industrial/organizational areas train students within a scientist-practioner model for professional careers in human services delivery. The Department focuses on training students who will create, evaluate, and apply scientific knowledge.
The Department believes that students and faculty learn best in an atmosphere characterized by a diversity of interests and perspectives, mutual respect, and hard work. There are many opportunities for collaboration among students and faculty. At regularly held meetings students and faculty are encouraged to present their ideas and hear the views of others.
Each specialty area offers a doctoral level program leading to the Ph.D. With one exception, we do not admit students who are seeking a terminal Masters degree. Students in any of our doctoral programs can earn an M.S. degree en route to the Ph.D. The exception is for students interested in pursuing a Master's degree in clinical science. These studens can apply for the MPS Program in Clinical Psychological Science (under the Clinical specialty area).
The Department of Psychology offers only a full-time, day program. Students are required to attend classes and conduct research. Generally, students are not permitted to hold off campus employment unless such employment is critical to the student's education. Such employment must be approved by the student’s specialty area.