Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Psychology at Georgetown University offers a five-year, full-time program of study in developmental science leading to a Ph.D. in Psychology. Located in close proximity to the White House, Congress, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and many of the world’s most prestigious research and nonprofit organizations, the Department of Psychology provides a unique graduate education that bridges academic study and practice in both public policy and health/medicine.

Our two graduate student concentrations take full advantage of these resources. Students concentrate in either Human Development and Public Policy or Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience. A dual degree in Psychology (Ph.D.) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) is also offered in collaboration with the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Both concentrations offer strengths that include an interdisciplinary education in the processes and contexts of development across the lifespan. Program requirements are explicitly designed to offer students rigorous training in the range of theories and methods that characterize the developmental sciences and enable them to place the study of development into the broader contexts- biological, familial, social, cultural, economic, historical, political- from which the field draws its societal applications. Faculty research ranges from studies of age-related differences to those focusing on only one period of the lifespan. Similarly, Ph.D. students’ dissertation projects include both developmental and non-developmental components. A complete statement of the program’s learning goals can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

Students can apply directly to the Psychology Ph.D. program

Students can also apply simultaneously to the Psychology Ph.D. program and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Cognitive Science program. This program is designed to enable graduate students to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive science by building an advisory committee of faculty members from multiple departments at the University, including Professors and researchers from the departments of Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Neurology, Biology, and Spanish and Portuguese. 

University resources afforded Psychology Ph.D. students include the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Law Center, and Georgetown School of Foreign Service, each of which is among the leading programs in the nation. The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at The Georgetown School of Medicine offers resources for cognitive neuroscience studies, including neuroimaging facilities and colloquia.

The department does not offer degrees in Clinical/Counseling Psychology or a Masters program.

Areas of Study

Students in our Program specialize in either of two areas of study: Human Development & Public Policy (HDPP) and Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN).

Course Offerings

Graduate students in the Department enroll in classes within their concentration as well as elective offerings.

Graduate Admissions

Applying, Requirements, Financial Support, & FAQs

Graduate Handbook

A complete statement of the program’s learning goals.