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Our Psychological Sciences graduate program is designed for students wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree and continue on to university-level teaching and research. Program flexibility, unprecedented collaborative opportunities and competitive financial support result in our students' successful post-graduate placements and continued career achievements.
Our program is unique in that our faculty, together with our graduate students, work in Research Interest Groups (RIGs) allowing for tailor-made programs based on shared research interests. This collaborative environment encourages easy mentor/student interactions which our students continue to enjoy even after graduation.
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We do NOT offer master‚Äôs degrees except as a step en route to a doctoral degree.
Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience:¬†The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience RIG seeks an understanding of the relationship between the human brain and higher forms of behavior, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, language, social cognition, emotion, emotion regulation, and health.
Human Factors/Human-Computer Interaction: The Human Factors/Human-Computer Interaction RIG investigates interactions among humans and other elements of a system. We are especially concerned with the interaction of humans with computer systems.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology: The Industrial and Organizational (I/O) RIG studies human behavior in organizational and work situations. Topics include motivation at work, the aging workforce, discrimination in the workplace, job performance, and team training.
Psychometrics & Quantitative Psychology: Psychological science critically depends on data that are reliable, accurate, valid, and fair. Serving this purpose, Ph.D. students in the Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology RIG obtain specialized skills related to the substantive development; statistical modeling and analysis; and resulting interpretation of psychological measures, experiments, and interventions.
The program has a strong research orientation, and whether or not students plan to pursue a research career, they are expected to spend a large portion of their graduate years actively engaged in research.
Students engage in interdisciplinary coursework and participate in research opportunities through collaborative links with nearby world-renowned medical institutions in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and NASA.
Rice Psychological Sciences Ph.D.s enter the workforce with outstanding credentials, landing them in excellent academic and industry positions. See our list of recent graduate placements.