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Degrees in Psychological and Brain Sciences

Drexel’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers various types of psychology degrees to best meet the interests and career goals of our students. Our degrees include undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs, as well as minors in psychology and neuroscience.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree (BS)

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program learn how to frame and find answers to important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, and how to apply their findings to improve lives. Students have the opportunity to conduct research alongside the department’s distinguished faculty, who lead innovative research and clinical projects in areas including health, forensic, cognitive, human experimental, neuro and clinical psychology.

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Accelerated BS + MS Degree in Psychology (BS, MS)

The accelerated Bachelor's and Master's (BS + MS) in Psychology program provides an opportunity for select undergraduate students to complete their undergraduate education and master’s curriculum in five years. Through this program, potential BS + MS students are identified when first admitted as undergraduate psychology majors. Following a review and streamlined admittance process, up to five students can be selected per program year. In the event that vacant spaces exist for students in any given program year, students may also be selected from undergraduate psychology majors in good standing who apply for the accelerated psychology degree program in their junior year of undergraduate study.

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Accelerated “3+3” Bachelor’s/JD Dual Degree in Psychology and Law (BS, JD)

This “3 + 3” Bachelor’s/JD Dual Degree program combines the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology within the College of Arts and Sciences with the Juris Doctorate (JD) in Law within Thomas Kline School of Law. Through this program, potential BS/JD students may be identified when first admitted as entering freshmen psychology majors. Finally, this is a “3 + 3” program allowing qualified students to earn their BS and JD degrees in six years.

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Master of Science in Psychology Degree (MS)

The Master of Science in Psychology degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods. This research-based program allows students to take their first step into graduate education and begin a path toward further educational and career opportunities. The curriculum trains students in a range of research experiences in neurocognitive and behavioral sciences.

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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Degree (PhD)

Drexel University’s PhD in Clinical Psychology trains clinical psychologists in the scientist-practitioner model. This model places roughly equal emphasis on clinical research and the application of scientific principles, with an emphasis on the integration of psychological science and practice. Students receive a broad education that includes training in intervention and assessment, as well as an introduction to the science and practice of clinical psychology. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Drexel program offers four concentrations: Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Forensic Psychology, and Health Psychology.

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Doctorate in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences Psychology Degree (PhD)

Drexel University’s PhD in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) is a research-intensive program emphasizing psychological questions of real-world significance, grounded in fundamental issues and methods of basic science. The ACBS program was designed to be small to offer personal interaction with mentors. It emphasizes rigorous quantitative and methodological training to empower students to pursue research without technical limitations.

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Dual PhD + JD Degree in Psychology and Law (PhD,JD)

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a joint and integrated PhD + JD in Psychology and Law. The program aims to bridge the gap between law — which relies on rules concerning evidence, proof, and precedent in order to settle conflicts that require immediate resolution — and psychology, which views problems through an empirical lens, evaluating questions but rarely ending in a final verdict. Students gain an appreciation and competency in both traditions, mastering the methods, languages, and epistemologies of each.

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Psychology Department Minors

Psychology (Minor)

The minor in Psychology provides students with the skills to analyze individual psychological processes to better understand, explain and predict human behavior. Students must meet with a psychology faculty member to discuss the courses that best fit their major and interests. The minor may also be of interest to students who have an interest in a double major but are unable to satisfy all of the requirements in two major fields.

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Neuroscience (Minor)

The minor in Neuroscience allows students from a vast array of disciplines the opportunity for formalized study in Neuroscience. This interdisciplinary minor integrates content from cellular, molecular, and systems neurobiology with neuropsychology, providing students with a strong foundation in basic principles of neurobiology and neuropsychology. This minor, a collaborative effort between the Department of Biology and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, is open to students in any major with an interest in studying neuroscience in order to gain a deeper understanding of the biological and cognitive principles underlying brain function.

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