The Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University uniquely blends the science of the human brain (e.g., researching the brain, memory, and language) with the science of human behavior and performance (e.g., researching effectiveness and satisfaction in educational and workplace settings). Our breadth of research interests creates a unique learning and research environment. The primary emphasis in the department is on research, in both the laboratory and applied settings.
As one of the most popular undergraduate majors on campus — with our world-class scholars and educators — we have a track record of providing students with a strong background in psychological science, leaving them very well prepared for their promising futures in graduate school, medical school, law school, and beyond.
Our Psychological Sciences graduate programs are designed for students wishing to pursue the MA and Ph.D. degrees and continue on to university-level teaching and research, or to work in applied settings that require these degrees. Program flexibility and unprecedented collaborative opportunities result in our students' successful post-graduate placements and continued career achievements.
Graduate education in our doctoral program is organized around Research Interest Groups (RIGs). A RIG consists of a group of faculty and graduate students with shared research interests. Active RIGs are (1) Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, (2) Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine Research, (3) Human-Computer Interaction & Human Factors, and (4) Industrial-Organizational Psychology. This collaborative environment encourages easy mentor/student interactions, which our students continue to enjoy even after graduation.
Additionally, Psychological Sciences now offers a professional master’s program in Human-Computer Interaction & Human Factors! This 2-year full-time program will expand students’ knowledge of critical concepts and methods in psychology, and how to apply those concepts to real-world problems. Graduates of the program will be well-positioned to lead human factors and human-computer interaction efforts across a broad range of industries, including IT/telecommunications, health care, defense, e-commerce, and energy.