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Graduate Students

The Psychology Department at the University of California, Davis has a top-ranked Ph.D. program oriented toward training qualified students to pursue careers in the areas of research and teaching. Students work closely with one or two faculty members to develop research programs that result in published work in the top journals. The program requirements include minimal coursework, and emphasize engagement in research from the start of the program.

Did you know . . .

UC Davis Psychology Graduate Program Ranked #1 in the University of California System and #12 overall!!

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Program Structure

We do not offer training in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology, and students are only admitted to the Ph.D. program, although students in the program have the option of obtaining an M.A. degree enroute to the Ph.D. Resources and faculty personnel are concentrated in five areas: developmental; perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience; biological psychology (comparative and physiological psychology), social-personality, and quantitative.

Highly Qualified Students

UC Davis faculty and graduate programs attract highly qualified students from diverse educational, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is the mix of backgrounds, ideas and experience of faculty and students that contributes to the richness of both the campus and the city of Davis. The Psychology Department takes pride in the tradition of informality and supportiveness in student-faculty associations.


For questions about the psychology graduate program, contact Angela Scully, our graduate program coordinator, at (530) 752.9362 or by email at