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Undergraduate students develop a broad foundation of knowledge in psychological science. You'll explore a wide range of content and gain hands-on research experience relevant to becoming a mental health professional and conducting research in psychology.

Graduate students join an elite community of junior colleagues who work closely with faculty mentors in a collaborative and public-facing setting. Our doctoral programs and options for specialization prepare you to pursue careers in research, teaching and professional practice.

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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Affective / Social / Cognitive Psychology

PhD

About this Program

Our program in affective, social and cognitive psychology prepares you for a career conducting research into how people feel, think, and behave in response to others. We champion a collaborative, integrative and cross-disciplinary approach centered around innovative research. During your time at DU, you can expect to work closely with faculty and peers in labs.

Our approach to psychological science fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation, invests in people in a supportive and inclusive environment and serves the public good. Our recent graduates hold positions as active researchers and clinicians in colleges, universities, nonprofit research organizations and the private sector.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Clinical Psychology (Child Emphasis)

PhD

About this Program

Our clinical psychology PhD program with an emphasis in child psychology is one of the few programs in the country that subscribes to a clinical science model. We value an approach that fosters curiosity, innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness, with research that serves the public good.

Our program is accredited by the APA. Students receive in-house training through the Center for Child and Family Psychology, the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic and through apprenticeships. In addition, we offer clinical externships at local medical centers and community mental health centers. 

Our faculty conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to developmental psychopathology including the multifaceted impacts of trauma, health, and stress; complex risk and vulnerability factors; comorbidity; and innovative interventions. Graduates have pursued careers as professors and clinical science researchers.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Developmental Psychology

PhD

About this Program

The doctoral program in developmental psychology focuses on human developmental processes—including biological, cultural, social and psychophysiological factors. Our program values a collaborative, integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation, invests in people in a supportive, inclusive environment, and serves the public good.

One of our primary goals is to prepare you for independent research, scholarship and teaching careers. We collaborate with Denver area organizations like the Denver Health Hospital Authority so that you receive unique, hands-on opportunities to develop practical knowledge and skills. You can also participate in faculty grant efforts and pursue independent research grants.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Psychology

BA, Minor

About this Program

With a BA in psychology, you'll have opportunities to develop research skills and hands-on experience in areas like clinical, developmental and social psychology. Our optional concentration in cognitive neuroscience offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the mind and brain.

In our psychology program, you'll sharpen your critical thinking, knowledge and empirical skills across a wide range of content areas. Students have opportunities to participate in research labs and clinical work through guided upper-level courses.

BA psychology students pursue careers as forensic, educational and counseling psychologists. The specialties of a psychology major prove useful to anyone interested in market research, career advising, medicine or human resources.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Psychology

BS

About this Program

With a BS in psychology, you'll develop research skills and gain experience that builds on your studies in biology or another natural science. Students in our BS program study cognitive neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, as well as clinical psychology. We offer hands-on experience in a variety of laboratories including those that use biological methods to asses emotional and cognitive functioning in the human brain and body. Our optional concentration in cognitive neuroscience offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the mind and brain.

You'll understand the scientific method as it applies to psychological science in order to prepare you for further study in medical school or neuroscience programs. Graduates from this program pursue careers as researchers, practitioners in a variety of health-related professions, and counselors and therapists.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Psychology 4+1

BA/BS + MS

About this Program

Our accelerated dual-degree program allows advanced undergraduate psychology majors to simultaneously pursue bachelor's and master's degrees. This program provides the opportunity to take graduate-level coursework, conduct master’s level research in collaboration with a faculty member, cultivate critical and creative thought, and expand your knowledge and innovation as it relates to research in psychological science. You can expect to work closely with faculty and peers as you generate new knowledge about the psychological processes surrounding mental health, person perception, coping, decision-making, biological process underlying thoughts and feelings, parenting, adversity, and more. The program is research-focused and culminates in a master's thesis.

Upon program completion, students can produce quality research, and pursue further studies in research-intensive doctoral programs or research positions in academic, government, non-profit, and corporate settings. The program does not focus on counseling or therapeutic skills and does not result in opportunities for licensure.