Harvard University Psychology Programs

Harvard University has been at the forefront of the field of psychology since the late 1800's when it launched its first psychology programs under the direction of William James--the father of psychology in the United States. In more recent years, the Harvard University psychology program has been home to some of the most prominent and well-known psychologist researchers, pioneers and innovators, including Gordan Allport, George Miller, Jerome Bruner and B.F. Skinner.

Today the graduate psychology department at Harvard University has 30 full-time faculty members who are dedicated to the field of psychology and the success of their students. Harvard University's psychology program has always been among the top 10 programs in the nation--due in large part to it exceptional faculty. Not only has the Harvard psychology program been among the top ranked programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report it was also ranked No.1 in the nation in Faculty Sholarly Productivity by the Chronicles of Higher Education.

The graduate psychology program at Harvard has a total annual enrollment of roughly 65 students. The programs focuses on research in five major areas of psychology: Developmental; Social; Cognition, Brain & Behavior; and Organizational Behavior.

The school's undergraduate psychology programs is one of the most popular programs on campus among undergraduate classmen. The undergraduate psychology program at Harvard University offers students a variety of options and study tracks to choose from. These include:

  • General Psychology
  • Cognition Science: Mind/Brain/Behavior
  • Life Sciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology
  • The Honors Program
  • Psychology as a Secondary Field
  • Advanced Placement
  • Study Out of Residence

In the interest of ongoing student success, the undergraduate psychology department at Harvard provides students with concentrators (academic advisors) to help them design the best academic track to meet their personal interests and career objectives.

All undergraduate psychology students are required to produce an original thesis. Planning for the thesis begins in the junior year and students are advised to start working on their thesis early.

In order to be admitted to the undergraduate psychology program, students must have an exemplary academic record. In order to be admitted to the graduate psychology program students must have completed an undergraduate degree with an exemplary academic record. It's also preferable that their undergraduate degree is in psychology or another closely related behavioral science. Training in mathematics, statistics, biology, philosophy, computer science and social sciences is recommended before apply to the program.

To learn more about the psychology program offered at Harvard University contact the psychology department using the information below.

Address: 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Admissions Phone: (617) 495-3800
Admissions E-mail: psyinfo@wjh.harvard.edu
Admissions Website: http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/programs_of_study/psychology.php

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