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The Best Schools Offering Graduate Degree Programs in Social Psychology

Higher Education Articles March 20, 2017

Overview of Schools offering Social Psychology Programs

In this article, we take a look at two of the top graduate schools in the United States where students can pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Psychology. The U.S. News & World Report accords high ratings to both schools. The focus of their programs allows students to concentrate on various topics related to the field. The schools also offer options for specialized research and interdisciplinary study.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

In 2013, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s social psychology graduate program in joint-top place on its list of the nation’s best social psychology programs. A Ph.D. in Social Psychology is available through Michigan’s psychology department where the focus is on many themes. These themes include emotion, aggression, ethnic psychology, social identity and the self, cognitive bias, social behavior evolution over time, social cognition, stereotypes, and law and psychology. Interdisciplinary programs are available for social psychology students; these include decision, cognition and culture, evolution and human adaptation, and women’s psychology and studies.

Ohio State University in Columbus

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio’s social psychology graduate program in joint-top place on the publication’s list of the nation’s best social psychology programs. The renowned focus of Ohio State’s social psychology program is on the psychology of attribution, persuasion, groups, identity, mindsets, social cognition, non-conscious developments, and automacity. Enrollees learn teaching skills, information analysis, editorial reviewing, research design, social behavior, and communication proficiency. After they complete two years of lectures, laboratory classes, and seminars, graduates can become candidates for a Ph.D. They spend the remainder of the third year focusing on personal career desires such as specialized research.

List of Schools offering Social Psychology Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Location
Harvard University 29,652 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Columbia University 28,086 New York, New York
Boston College 14,354 Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
University of California – Irvine 30,836 Irvine, California
University of Rochester 11,105 Rochester, New York
New York University 50,027 New York, New York
University of Connecticut 27,043 Storrs, Connecticut
Syracuse University 21,789 Syracuse, New York
Stony Brook University 25,272 Stony Brook, New York
University at Buffalo 29,796 Buffalo, New York

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