Prospective Students

Duke's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has five graduate training areas:

We have an apprenticeship model, meaning that our students work closely with one or two faculty advisors. Mentors can come from the primary faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience or from the joint faculty. If you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, make sure to confirm which graduate training area they admit to.   Secondary faculty cannot admit students to our program.

Program Structure

  • All training programs lead to the PhD; Terminal Master’s applications are not accepted
  • All PhD students are full-time
  • All students are admitted for the Fall semester
  • All students are admitted to a specific training area
  • Only primary or joint graduate training faculty can admit students
  • All admitted students (domestic and international) receive 5 years of academic year support, provided they remain in good standing
  • All admitted students are also guaranteed support for the first two summers (assuming good standing in the program)

Connections across Campus

Our graduate students have many connections across campus. For example, The Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience training program is a member of the Consortium of Neuroscience Graduate Programs, which promotes interactions with a wide range of other students and faculty in an interdisciplinary setting.  Many of our Clinical students interact with the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and/or faculty in the medical school (through mentorship by faculty in the Joint Training Program). Our Social students  often take advantage of the resources available at Duke's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). Many Developmental students interact with the The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and/or take advantage of the UNC-Duke Collaborative graduate certificate program in Developmental Psychology.  

Meet our Students

See what current graduate students are doing.