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Welcome to our Graduate Studies page! Our four PhD programs train and equip our students to become leading researchers and scholars in the field of Psychology. With outstanding leadership and distinguished faculty, UIC Psychology has fostered an environment with diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices to support both collaborative and independent research amongst faculty and students to expand networks, scholarship, and create a sustainable environment where individuals from different orientations are valued and respected.

Please Note: We do not require the GRE for admission nor do we offer a terminal or standalone Master’s degree. Students who are admitted into a PhD program will complete a research apprenticeship during their first-year and along with one year of coursework in statistics. After completion of the first-year, students work towards and submit a Master’s thesis by the end of their second year to prepare them for further research and the required qualifying examinations to advance to PhD candidacy by the end of the third year.

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Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Brain and Cognitive Sciences is a collaborative and interdisciplinary graduate program, bringing together the techniques and theoretical approaches of behavioral neuroscience, cognitive sciences, and clinical cognitive neuroscience. Our central focus on understanding mechanisms of cognition and behavior uses interrelated psychological, neural, and computational methods.
Community and Applied Developmental Psychology
Through research opportunities, coursework, community engagement experiences, and campus resources, the UIC CADP program seeks to develop the next generation of leading scholars in Community and Applied Developmental Psychology.
Our Clinical Psychology program is an APA-accredited doctoral training program. Our program espouses a mentorship model of training emphasizing intensive individual attention. Opportunities exist for research, training, and collaboration in health psychology, prevention, statistics, psychology and law, addictive behaviors and more.
Social and Personality
The Social & Personality PhD Program trains students to become creative and productive psychologists who can make significant contributions to their areas of expertise.

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The Department of Psychology Quantitative Core is staffed by two faculty members (Ryne Estabrook & Alexander Demos) who primarily teach the Quantitative Course the Department, oversee the requirements for the Quantitative Minor, and run the Statistics and Methods Clinic. By doing original research on statistical applications and making inventive use of already-existing techniques, the Quantitative Core faculty teach students to be experts in a variety of analytical tools and advanced methodology. The core faculty have broad range of expertise in general/generalized mixed-effect modes (GLMM), structural equation modeling (SEM), longitudinal methods, time-series methods, dynamical systems theory methods (DST), and signal processing approaches.

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Students may complete an optional minor in conjunction with their PhD program to diversify their knowledge and skills aside from their major area and to improve the quality of their scholarship and research. Exposure to a minor is not as extensive as the training in the student’s PhD program, but students are educated on the core literatures, theories, and research methods in their minor area.

There are three types of minors students will have the option to select from and complete. Students will consult with their advisor to construct programs individually tailored to their research interests and career goals.

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