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Program Overview

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: Biological Psychology, 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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Biological Psychology

In Biological Psychology, we study the mind-body connection through scientific research and clinical practice.  Our goal is to better understand how genetics and the brain's chemical makeup affect human behavior.  Click here to learn more...

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Clinical Science

In Clinical Science, we use science, theory, and clinical knowledge to help understand and releive stress or dysfunction.  We meet with clients to help identify emotional and mental problems through observation, interviews and testing.  Click here to 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.  Click here to 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.  Click here to learn more...