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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Department of Psychology

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The department offers graduate training leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in psychology. Specialization in the fields of biological and health psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology is available, along with joint programs in clinical/developmental and clinical/health psychology. A specialization in Cognitive/Neuroscience is also available. The area of concentration in clinical psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  All graduate programs emphasize training in science and experimental research methods, including the clinical psychology program, which has the aim of producing the next generation of clinical scientists.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Julie Fiez
Main Office: 3137 Sennott Square
Fax: 412-624-4428


Applications for admission must be submitted online by December 1. Admission is in the fall only. Applicants for admission to graduate study in psychology must submit academic transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and a statement of goals -which include reasons for pursuing a PhD, past research experience, clinical experience (if applicable), and other skills and experiences, including challenges one may have overcome, and if desired, any issues relevant to diversity, broadly considered. GRE requirements vary by program and applicants are advised to view the department’s webpage for the latest details: How to Apply | Psychology | University of Pittsburgh.  Applicants to the clinical and joint-clinical programs may also submit scores for the GRE Subject test which is recommended, not required. Students may obtain information concerning the dates and places of administration of the GRE from the Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-0001; from; or from the testing service of their own college or university. International students must submit certified TOEFL scores; the minimum acceptable score is 90 on the Internet-based exam.

As preparation for graduate study, the department recommends broad undergraduate training including courses in biology, mathematics, the physical sciences, the social sciences, and effective oral and written expression. The department recommends college-level mathematics and 12 credits of psychology, including experimental psychology, statistics, and, for applicants to the clinical program, psychopathology (abnormal psychology).

Financial Assistance

The Department of Psychology provides tuition and stipend support for students admitted to its graduate programs. Support may be in the form of a fellowship, research assistantship, or teaching assistantship. Qualified students are encouraged to apply for relevant fellowships. Historically, the department has been able to continue support for most students throughout their graduate training; however, funding is only guaranteed for four years.


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