Yale University Psychology Programs

Yale University is one of the top ranked institutions of higher learning in the United States. But its success starts with the fact that its individual academic departments and programs are also the best of the best. Currently, Yale University's psychology program is ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and has consistently been ranked among the top 10 programs nationwide for over a decade. The main objective of the psychology programs at Yale University is to develop skilled researchers to work in academic and applied settings, who can and will help deepen the world's knowledge base and understanding of the science of psychology.

As one of the most pretigious psychology programs in the United States, it's also one of the most competitive. Each year the graduate psychology program at Yale admitts only 15 new Ph.D. students. To be admitted applicants must show a superior academic record, submit letters of recommendation and have applicable experience. Once accepted to the graduate program a student must select one of five areas of concentration, which include Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience and Social/Personality Psychology. As research is the focus of the graduate psychology program at Yale, students are required to demonstrate evidence of research progress throughout their education. Students are urged to start research early in their program.

While not as prestigious as the university's graduate program, the undergraduate degree program in psychology at Yale is also one of the top programs in the nation. The undergruate programs is designed to provide students an introduction to psychology, the methodological approaches to the science behind psychology and prepare students to enter the graduate psychology program, or another graduate-level professional program (e.g., law, medicine, etc.) Unlike undergraduate programs at other major universities, the psychology program at Yale introduces students to research early in the program. In fact, students must take at least one course where research is planned and performed. Beyong PSYC 110, the undergraduate program requires students to complete 12 term courses before graduation.

Yale awards both B.S. and B.A. degrees in psychology. The B.S. degree is usually awarded to students who conduct research through a directed research course. The must also complete several research methods and statistics requirements before their senior year. The B.A. degree is awarded to psychology students who conduct a literature review as opposed to carrying out empirical research. Unlike the B.S., the B.A. in Psychology does not have any research format restrictions.

Students earning either a B.S. or B.A. in Psychology can graduate with Distinction. To do so, students must submit a research proposal that includes a research hypothesis, a reasoning for the hypothesis, and suggested methods for gathering and anlyzing data. The proposal must be signed by the senior advisor and submitted by the end of the fall term of the senior year.

To learn more about the undergraduate or graduate degree programs in psychology offered at Yale University contact the psychology department using the information below.

Address: PO Box 208205, New Haven, CT 06520-8205
Admissions Phone: (203) 432-4518
Admissions E-mail: Lauretta.Olivi@yale.edu
Admissions Website: http://psychology.yale.edu/

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