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.
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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 stanford.edu/dept/psychology/
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 psychology.berkeley.edu/graduate/index.html
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 isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k3007&pageid=icb.page19815
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