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Program Overview

The Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science and the Department of Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College jointly offer an interdisciplinary graduate program in Psychological Sciences. The collaboration of these two schools and departments strengthens and broadens the educational and research opportunities offered to our students. The program leads to a Ph.D. in one of the following six areas:

The administrative home of a graduate student–whether in the College of Arts and Science or in Peabody College–is determined by the primary departmental affiliation of their Ph.D. mentor. Regardless of departmental affiliation, all students in the Ph.D. program have access to the same resources and facilities and enjoy five years of guaranteed support while benefiting from a one-on-one mentorship model that emphasizes rigorous scientific training in the concepts and methodologies of the various disciplines of the psychological sciences.

Read more about the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and how to apply. If you have questions, please contact Erin Duran, program coordinator, or René Marois, director of graduate studies. The Graduate Program Handbook also has additional information.

Many of our faculty also participate in an Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

Our alumni have gone on to lead exciting careers in medicine, education, research, business, and more. Read some of their stories here.