UNL Psychology graduate students in Masters regalia


Rigorous research training and teaching excellence

At UNL’s Department of Psychology, we offer graduate programs that emphasize the development of research and teaching excellence, collegial partnerships between students and faculty, and the cross-fertilization of ideas between specializations in the context of a rigorous, but flexible training program. The graduate program is small enough to offer you individual attention, yet large enough to provide a broadly based foundation for research and scholarship. Consequently, you’ll quickly become involved in the department's diverse research activities, teaching opportunities, applied practica and internships, and governance processes.

Ours is one of the university’s largest graduate programs. We feature five focused programs (neuroscience and behavior, clinical, social and cognitive, developmental) and the interdisciplinary program in law-psychology. Approximately 100 full-time graduate students are enrolled in the psychology graduate programs during a typical semester. Students come from all over Nebraska, the U.S. and the world to learn here.

Our dual focus on rigorous research training and excellence in teaching makes us unique, as well as one of the country’s strongest psychology graduate programs.

Our program is research-intensive and offers many opportunities for you to engage in collaborative and independent research. You’ll also find numerous teaching opportunities. As a teaching assistant, you’ll gain teaching experience instructing undergraduates while working closely with faculty. As a lead instructor, you’ll design your own courses and build your teaching portfolio. By taking advantage of teaching skill-development opportunities, psychology graduate students have won university-wide teaching awards.

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers after obtaining their doctorates. Those pursuing careers in academia have entered post-doctoral positions at research universities, or gone directly into faculty positions at research universities and liberal arts colleges across the U.S. Other students have gone into consulting or policy positions in the private sector, or into research positions at state or federal agencies.

UNL’s Department of Psychology is a top-rated program with a distinguished faculty and a vibrant student body. There’s no doubt our department will play a significant role in the future of psychological research, preparing scholars who will disseminate their knowledge and experience to future generations of scholars across the country and the world.

Follow your curiosity as a graduate student in Psychology.