Psychology (PHD)


Psychology, PhD

On Campus

The Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the oldest and most prestigious psychology programs in the nation.


There are five concentrated areas of study within the psychology graduate program: clinical, social-cognitive, developmental, law-psychology, and neuroscience and behavior.

Faculty provide high-quality research, teaching, and practice training experiences in these six areas. The department includes a nationally-reputed joint program in law and psychology, and one of the first APA-accredited clinical psychology programs in the country.

Excellent computer facilities, laboratory space, and research support are available through the psychology department. The department only accepts students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D.; therefore, all students earn a master's degree en route to a doctoral degree. The department provides funding support through various mechanisms to all students who are admitted.

Come be a part of our tradition!


  1. Clinical
  2. Developmental
  3. Ethnic Studies
  4. Neuroscience and Behavior
  5. Social and Cognitive

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Previous research and clinical involvement (clinical only)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal Statement: that answers the following questions - What are your interests in Psychology (or Psych and Law)? What are your long-range career goals? In other words, what kind of work do you hope to be doing in 10-15 years? What are your research interests? What research experiences have you had? Are there internships, jobs, practicum, or other experiences relevant to your application? Are there any other unique factors that we should consider in evaluating your application? Please also describe a time that you overcame an obstacle. This does not need to focus on an academic obstacle that you had faced in a school or research environment, though academic-related obstacles are welcome. This should be addressed in a separate paragraph in the uploaded personal statement document. Please indicate where you are discussing overcoming an obstacle either by bolding the word "obstacle" or creating a separate heading.
  • Faculty: Identify at least one (max 3) faculty members in this department with whom you would like to work.

Admission Deadlines

December 1 for Fall.



Graduate Chair

Michael Dodd

Support Staff

Jamie Longwell

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