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Psychology Graduate Programs

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers various types of graduate psychology degrees to prepare students for careers in a variety of contexts and settings. Each program provides graduate psychology students with the theoretical and scientific foundations of psychology through both didactic and experiential training.

Drexel psychology graduate programs

  • MS in Psychology
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • JD + PhD in Law and Psychology

Graduate students in each program work under the mentorship of one or two faculty members who serve as professional and academic advisers. The training we provide for our graduate students is sequential and cumulative: More support and direction are provided initially, with increased autonomy and independence later in the training.


Faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences are actively engaged in vibrant research initiatives to advance the science and practice of psychology. Faculty publish widely, are featured in national and international media, and have won major research awards from premier federal research bodies including:

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • As well as from prominent foundations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Stoneleigh Foundation


Master of Science in Psychology Degree (MS)

Students in the master’s in psychology program:

  • Benefit from individual mentorship that mirrors the mentorship in our PhD programs
  • Participate in a collaborative research environment including integration with the PhD students in the research lab
  • Take courses with graduate students in other doctoral-level programs

Learn more about the MS in Psychology

Doctorate (Phd) in Clinical Psychology

Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology:

  • Transition to clinical work beginning in the second year at the department's Psychological Services Center, which provides evidenced-based treatment and diagnostic assessment to community members
  • Take part in practicum experiences at numerous local sites including nationally recognized hospitals and treatment centers
  • Present at a variety of research and clinically oriented conferences, and receive departmental funds for travel costs
  • Receive highly competitive internship offers each year

Learn more about the PhD in Clinical Psychology

Doctorate (PhD) in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS)

Students in the doctoral program in applied cognitive and brain sciences:

  • Receive rigorous quantitative and methodological training in both basic and applied research
  • Complete one-on-one student research apprenticeships with mentors
  • Frequently interact with other ACBS faculty as part of a highly individualized program
  • Prepare for a variety of career options, such as data science, educational assessment, software development and government research

Learn more about the PhD in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences

JD + PhD in Law and Psychology

Students in the doctoral and juris doctorate program in law and psychology:

  • Gain experience in both clinical and legal settings that require the integration of their psychology and law training
  • Participate in rigorous empirical research that has the potential to influence policy and practice
  • Secure employment in a wide range of clinical, forensic, research and legal settings upon graduation

Learn more about the JD + PhD in Law & Psychology

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!