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Department of Psychology

Prospective Students

We are always looking for good graduate students who are excited about conducting basic psychological research.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to our program is based on scholastic achievement, prior research experience, research interests and the Graduate Record Exam scores. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Therefore, research experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and fit with the mentor are crucial.  In addition, interested students will need to indicate the faculty they wish to work with and are encouraged to contact them beforehand. Applications completed by December 1st will be given priority for admission into the program in the Fall and for funding. GRE scores may be submitted by using the following school code: 5818.

You can submit your application by regular mail or submit on-line at the Graduate School of the University of South Carolina.  


Our Training Model

Students in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences Concentration take a variety of courses covering quantitative methods, core theory and methods in their area of study, as well as breadth courses in related areas of study. Many of our graduate students take elective courses in other related disciplines such as linguistics and biomedical science.  In addition, some students choose to do a secondary area of emphasis in quantitative psychology. Some students also participate in the Biomedical-Behavioral Interface Program which is an NIH-funded graduate training program. 

The most important aspect of our training is that students are engaged in research from their first semester. We focus on individual training both in and out of the laboratory and facilitate a student's career through publications and participation in scientific meetings. This training prepares our students for research careers in academic, business or applied settings. About 60% of our Ph.D. students have gone on to academic positions and the remaining students are in positions in research settings like the National Institutes of Health or independent laboratories.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.

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