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Graduate Program

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech offers a doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. in psychology. Students may concentrate in one of four areas: Cognitive Neuroscience & Biopsychology, Clinical Science, Developmental Science, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Students may earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in psychology en route to the Ph.D., but the Department does not offer a terminal M.S. degree in any area. Applications from students with either bachelors or advanced degrees are welcomed.

Although the graduate curriculum is organized into four specialty areas, all share the same philosophy: to assure that all graduate students are provided with the conceptual, quantitative, and methodological skills necessary to solve theoretical and applied problems.

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Concentration Areas


Cognitive Neuroscience and Biopsychology

In Cognitive Neuroscience and Biopsychology, we study human behavior, thoughts, and emotions with a focus on how they arise from the nervous system.  Learn more...

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Clinical Science

In Clinical Science, we develop and use scientifically informed methods to enhance mental and physical health, well-being, and healthy decisions through the interplay of research, intervention, and implementation across diverse and underserved populations. We meet with clients to help identify and cope with emotional and mental problems through observation, interviews, testing, and therapy. Learn more...

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Developmental Science

In Developmental Science, we strive to better understand the process of human development, from infancy to adolescence.  We investigate topics such as speech and language perception, learning and memory, emotional self-regulation, and family systems.  Learn more...

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Industrial/Organizational Psychology

In IO Psychology, we seek to solve problems in the workplace and improve quality of life for employees.  Using the principles of psychology, we study workplace productivity, management and employee working styles.  Learn more...

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Cognitive Neuroscience and Biopsychology

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