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Department Grad Program Overview

The UGA Department of Psychology, within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is a nationally recognized department with award-winning professors who are dedicated to providing the highest quality graduate education possible to our graduate students.  Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of academic, research, and applied settings. The Department of Psychology was recently ranked in the top 100 U.S. psychology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of America's Best Psychology Schools. The Clinical Psychology program was also tied for 36th overall.

The department offers two graduate degrees:  the Ph.D. in Psychology, with tracks in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Clinical Psychology, and Industrial–Organizational Psychology; and the M.A. in Industrial–Organizational Psychology, also known as the I/O Professional Master’s Program.

*Please note that the University of Georgia has 4 different departments on campus which offer degrees related to Psychology. Students seeking graduate degrees in Counseling PsychologyEducational Psychology, or Neuroscience should direct their queries and applications to those departments.

Research Facilities

The Department is housed in a six-story building providing space for offices, seminar rooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and a training clinic for psychological services. Libraries contain leading journals and titles in psychology and related areas. Facilities include a functional brain imaging laboratory, histological laboratory, psychophysiological recording chambers, observation rooms with videotape equipment for studying infants, children, and adults, sensory electrophysiological facilities, vision research equipment, and housing for a variety of animal species.

The department also has access to the Institute of Behavioral Research and the University Computer Center. We also have cooperative agreements with a number of other Institutions. For example, a student can enroll for course in any University System school in the state, or Emory without having to matriculate and the courses will show up on the UGA transcript. We also have a long history of agreements to use research facilities at the Atlanta Zoo, Laboratory Animal Breeder Services, and the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, among others. More information about the specific research facilities available in the department is available on our research facilities page.

The Students

The University of Georgia has a current enrollment of around 35,000 of whom some 8,300 are graduate or professional students. All geographic regions in the U.S. and numerous foreign countries are represented by the approximately100 doctoral students currently enrolled in the Psychology Department.

Recent Ph.D.s are employed as faculty at colleges and universities, at community mental health centers, in private clinical practice, and as researchers in private industry or government facilities.

The Community

Athens, Georgia (known as the "Classic City"), is listed in several national ratings of cities as one of the most highly desirable places to live in the U.S.

Athens/Clarke County, a community of approximately 120,000, is within a two hour drive of Atlanta, the Appalachian Mountains, and multiple recreational areas, and is served by air and bus. Athens has an excellent public school system, and two hospitals offering comprehensive health care and service; all major religious denominations are represented in the community. Major shopping, sports and recreational facilities are also available. Click here for more information on the Athens community.

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