The Department of Psychological Sciences offers a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in the following Training Areas:

The MA in Psychology is earned en route to doctoral degrees. Please note that our program does not accept students who only want to earn the MA degree.  Students earn the MA during the first three years and then the student continues toward the PhD.  

Taeik Kim

"The PSY program at Mizzou is not the program that I began my graduate career, but I want it to end. I am very grateful to be a part of this intellectual and welcoming community that helps me grow as a researcher and person." - Taeik Kim, Social/Personality Graduate Student


The main focus of the graduate program is research. Students are affiliated with a research lab and a faculty mentor. Much of the coursework involves theoretical, statistical, and empirical research issues. Students are expected to conduct original research. Many have published their work in top rated journals; some have acquired their own federal funding for research.


    Scout Bolton

    "As a graduate student, the expertise I have received from the psychology faculty here at Mizzou has been instrumental in the advancement of my research goals and to my personal growth as a young investigator. As an openly autistic scientist, I’m so thankful to have such a warm and accepting community here at Mizzou amongst my fellow graduate students and department faculty.” - Scout Bolton, Clinical Graduate Student


    The Department of Psychological Sciences offers an integrated teaching program, Teaching of Psychology Practicum. After earning the MA students are eligible to teach an undergraduate course. They do so in a supervised manner, meeting with a teaching mentor and other graduate student teachers to discuss teaching issues. This unique supervised teaching experience prepares students to excel in teaching.

    Ryan Goffredi

    "I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a collaborative and supportive area in Social and Personality Psychology at Mizzou.  The advisors want students to succeed, and the graduate students support each other both in our studies and research as well as spending time together outside of graduate school." - Ryan Goffredi, Social/Personality Graduate Student

    Graduate Student Handbook

    The Graduate Student Handbook is a guide for graduate students in the Department of Psychological Sciences. It contains information on departmental procedures and regulations. 

    We have a Canvas page with continually-updated information on the psychology program and opportunities for current Mizzou graduate students and faculty members.  Self-enroll in the Canvas page by clicking this link.