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Indiana University Bloomington

Graduate Programs

The mission of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is to lead scientific advances through state-of-the-art experimentation and theory with the goal of understanding how the entire brain-behavior system works - from molecular neuroscience to cognition to the social behavior of groups. Our graduate students are active and involved participants in this mission. Our vision for graduate training is:

  • To give the skills and scholarly insight necessary to be ahead of the curve
  • To train you in state-of-the-art experimentation and theory
  • To build deep expertise in your domain as well as a broad vision of the field
  • To prepare you to integrate advances in basic science with applications through transitional research and clinical science
  • To create researchers with the highest professional ethics
  • To create a generation of excellent teachers and mentors
  • To train in practical matters of grant writing, publications and time organization

We offer seven tracks toward a PhD in Psychology, allowing students to craft a course of study and develop a depth of knowledge in the area most consonant with their interests. Importantly, we see these as areas, not silos; our department boasts a rich interdisciplinary tradition, and we teach and encourage students, in both research and coursework, to look beyond conventional boundaries and integrate across these areas.

programs Clinical Science
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Mechanisms of Behavior
Molecular and Systems Neuroscience
Social Psychology

Additionally, we are affiliated and offer joint graduate degrees with the programs in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Animal Behavior.