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To apply, complete an application through the Graduate College application management portal.
See Criteria for Admission.
Typically five years.
For students continuing in academia, our recent Ph.D. graduates have gone on to postdoctoral and faculty positions at the following institutions:
Ph.D. graduates who have gone into industry have moved to the following companies:
Absolutely. For our most recent Ph.D. graduates, half have continued in academia, while half have gone into industry. There is strong demand in industry for individuals who can apply training in data analysis, experimental design, and cognitive psychology/neuroscience to address real-world problems.
We offer a graduate course in the teaching of psychology taught by Beth Morling - author of a popular research methods textbook and recipient of the Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Also, students gain training as teaching assistants. If desired, opportunities are available for graduate students to teach courses in the winter and summer sessions.
No. However, a graduate student in our PhD program can choose to write a master's thesis after they have successfully completed two years in the program.
Yes. We strongly encourage students who have backgrounds in fields other than psychology/neuroscience to apply. We are looking for curious, driven individuals - regardless of what they previously studied.
No. However, prior research experience is extremely helpful.
No - though it is helpful. We note that for many labs, strong quantitative abilities are necessary to succeed.
Yes. Some courses from other institutions may be applied to degree requirements. Please contact us if you have specific questions.
Most definitely! Our current graduate students come from several different countries, and we encourage applications from foreign students. View more Information for international students.
We are looking for students with a deep curiosity for how the mind/brain works, a strong desire to engage in critical thinking, and the aptitude to do challenging work. To assess these, we take into account your undergraduate grades (especially in relevant courses), GRE scores, letters of recommendation, fit between your interests and faculty research programs, and your statement of interest.
Please make sure that you communicate the following:
Please note that your statement of interest is a very important part of your application. We want to see clear evidence that you have thought about why you want to work with specific faculty here at UD. Applications with “boilerplate” text (e.g., saying you want to work with a faculty member because of their work on *line cut and pasted from their website*) are often uncompetitive. Let us know why you want to study with us. Furthermore, an application with good "numbers" but a weak, unfocused statement will often lose out to an application with average "numbers" but an outstanding, thoughtful statement.
We strongly encourage students to contact faculty before applying. A large piece in deciding where to go to graduate school is “fit” - how well your interests align with the faculty you want to work with. One of the best ways to assess this is via communication with potential advisors.
No, however, you will be required to list (3) potential faculty advisors on you application. You should make it clear who you want to work with in your statement of interest. This can be multiple advisors.
The GRE is currently optional for our program.
Students are funded through the department as a RA or TA, a University fellowship, or via extramural grants.
Students receive a tuition waiver as full-time students. Students with summer funding will receive $29,333/year in financial support in 2023-2024.
We hold a weekly cognitive brown bag, a department colloquium, a cognitive science speaker series, and informal reading groups. Recent speakers at these meetings include:
Matt Botvinick (Princeton)
Anjan Chatterjee (Penn)
Evelina Fedorenko (MIT)
Matt Goldrick (Northwestern)
Joe Kable (Penn)
Sabine Kastner (Princeton)
Michael McCloskey (Johns Hopkins)
Ken Norman (Princeton)
Brenda Rapp (Johns Hopkins)
Amy Shelton (Johns Hopkins)
Brad Wyble (Penn State)
Graduate students are encouraged to meet and dine with external speakers. Graduate students are also expected to present their research and ideas at our weekly brown bag. This includes talks on their research, practice talks for conference, and leading discussion on important topics in the field.
Yes. We encourage interdisciplinary research and training. For example, your primary training could be in using neuroimaging methods, but you could do an additional project with assistance from a different advisor using eye tracking, TMS, neuropsychological research, etc. In addition, you might be interested in working in cross-cutting areas such as emotion and cognition which might involve having additional research advisors from other areas in the department such as Social, Clinical, or Behavioral Neuroscience.
What is most important in choosing a graduate program is that you find an advisor with whom you connect and can work with. The small size of our program allows the faculty to devote more time to each student. Here you can be sure that you will have the support and personal attention you will need to succeed.
We have the following equipment available for research:
A 3T Siemens Prisma scanner, with equipment for delivering visual and tactile stimuli.
A TMS system with neuronavigation, allowing for precise targeting of cortical areas for brain stimulation.
Brain Vision 64 channel EEG system.
Eyelink 1000 eye tracker.
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