Graduate Program

Psychological Sciences, Ph.D.

UC Merced offers graduate training in Psychological Sciences, culminating in the Ph.D, with emphases in developmental, health, and quantitative psychology. 

Applications in any of these three areas, as well as the affiliated research emphasis in public health, are welcome.

The Psychological Sciences Ph.D. program emphasizes a strong base of coursework, including methods, statistics, and a one-year professional seminar covering the breadth of psychology. This base is supplemented by more specialized work in one or more of these three areas: developmental psychology, health psychology and/or quantitative psychology. Students are actively engaged in research from the start of their graduate training through to the end of their doctoral work. This research emphasizes close work with faculty mentors, with increasing independence over the years of training.

UC Merced does not offer training in clinical psychology or related fields such as counseling or school psychology. We also do not offer master's-only training; we only admit doctoral students who typically take about five years from their bachelor’s degrees to complete their Ph.Ds. The doctoral program is for full-time students only.

We encourage you to explore our website. If you are interested in applying for doctoral study with us, please visit the graduate school website where more information about application procedures is available.

How to Apply

Psychological Sciences Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Core Knowledge: Graduate students will demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specialized area of Psychological Sciences of their choosing.
  2. Statistics and Methods: Graduate students will demonstrate skills in the use the basic data gathering methods statistical techniques used for typical analyses in conducting research in the Psychological Sciences.
  3. Pedagogy: Graduate students will participate in classroom pedagogy used in undergraduate education.
  4. Communication Skills: Graduate students will demonstrate effective communication skills appropriate for the field of psychology. These include written communication (clear expression, compliance with APA style) and oral communication (effective oral explanation of disciplinary material for both lay and scientific audiences).
  5. Professionalism: Graduate students know and participate in the intellectual and organizational aspects of the profession of psychology.
  6. Independent Research: Graduate students will conduct independent research resulting in an original contribution to knowledge in Psychological Sciences, including all steps from generating an original question to writing a manuscript describing all aspects of the study.

Psychology Chair
Linda Cameron, Professor
Psychology Graduate Group Chair
Jan Wallander, Professor
Psychology Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

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