The Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University is a unique blend of basic and applied psychology. 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.
Our undergraduate major is among the most popular majors at Rice. Psychological Sciences majors often go on to graduate school, medical school, or law school.
The graduate program in Psychological Sciences leads to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Its emphasis, however, is on Ph.D. training, and only applicants judged to be capable of completing the doctoral degree are admitted. Students seeking only a master’s degree are not admitted.
Graduate education 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 Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, Human Factors/Human-Computer Interaction, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Psychometrics & Quantitative Psychology.