The Best Universities for Psychology Masters Degrees

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The Best Universities for Psychology Masters Degrees
Top psychology programs are available in the United States. (student image by Vasiliy Koval from

Graduate programs in psychology prepare students for careers in academic research as well as for clinical, hands-on positions in behavioural neuroscience, developmental psychology and industrial psychology. Hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States offer advanced psychology programs; U.S. News & World Report conducts a comprehensive surveys of academic psychology programs,, and ranks those programs which stand above the rest.

Stanford University

Stanford University, a private research university located in Stanford, California, was ranked in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report as having the top graduate program in psychology in the United States. The Department of Psychology offers a coterminal master of arts in psychology, which allows those students who earn a bachelor's degree to continue on to a graduate degree without reapplying to the university. The graduate program requires that students take advanced psychology courses in several specialised areas, including: career and personal counselling, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive development and the science of memory. Graduate students are required to complete a master's thesis that uses quantitative and qualitative analyses to solve a challenge in psychological research.

Stanford University Department of Psychology Jordan Hall, Building 01-420 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 650-725-2400

University of California, Berkeley

The University of California-Berkeley, a large, public research institution located in Berkeley, California, is a member of the University of California system. The Psychology Department was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2009 as having the top graduate psychology program in the United States. (The department tied for this position with Stanford University). UC Berkeley offers a graduate program in psychology with five unique concentration tracks in the following areas: behavioural neuroscience; change, plasticity and development; clinical science; cognition, brain and behaviour; and social-personality. Each of these concentrations requires that students take a core selection of general psychology classes as well as two to four specialised courses in a chosen concentration. Students are also required to complete a graduate research project, presented at the conclusion of a student's second year, which analyses a unique problem in the field of psychology.

University of California, Berkeley Department of Psychology 3210 Tolman Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 510-642-5292

Harvard University

Harvard University, a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was ranked in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report as having the third-best psychology graduate program in the United States. The Harvard graduate psychology program is organised around five principal areas of study from which students can choose a focus: cognition, brain and behaviour; developmental psychology; clinical science; social psychology; and organizational behaviour theory. In addition, the Department of Psychology offers several sub-fields, including experimental psychopathology, cognition, behavioural neuroscience and vision science. After students choose their field of concentration, they choose either a clinical track, which prepares them for clinical careers, or a general, academic track, which prepares them for academic and research careers.

Harvard University Massachusetts Hall Cambridge, MA 02138 USA 617-495-3810

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