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The Right Choice

Study the human mind, brain and behavior with a focus in career preparation.

Our programs offer graduate training leading to a Ph.D. degree. You will be able to explore individual interests within the broad areas of psychology. 


Disaster Mental Health Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate is intended to prepare mental health professionals to serve their communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disaster, terrorist attacks and public health emergencies.

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Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. in Psychology is not offered as a terminal degree. It is earned in the process of completing the Ph.D. degree requirements in the Clinical and Human Factors specializations. The exception to this is the M.A. earned as part of the joint J.D./M.A. program and the M.A. (Plan B) and Accelerated B.A. or B.S./M.A. - only in the Human Factors specialization.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The program is designed to provide a strong theoretical base that can be readily applied to various working environments and to prepare students for careers in business, industry and government. Students can choose to specialize in Human Factors or Clinical Psychology.

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Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Psychology in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements. For additional details about the graduate psychology programs, contact Graduate Admissions at 605-658-6200 or email

The clinical psychology program follows a research mentor model of training in which each graduate student works closely with a clinical faculty member who serves as the student’s research mentor and advisor. In order to match the clinical psychology research interests of each prospective graduate student with those of a faculty member, applicants are invited to review the research activities/interests of the clinical faculty below. Once you have reviewed this information, please identify up to four faculty whose research program matches your interests and include the faculty names on your GradCAS application when prompted.

Fall 2020 Applicants: If deficient in foundational coursework please notify Graduate Admissions of your plan to take the courses before matriculation or to take the GRE Psychology Subject test along with your application by Dec. 15. For more information, visit GRE Subject Test.

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Azra Osmancevic won Best Poster at the 2019 SDPA Conference for her master’s thesis research

    Azra Osmancevic

    won Best Poster at the 2019 SDPA Conference for her master’s thesis research.

  • Jill Morris and Christine Tirabassi


    Jill Morris and Christine Tirabassi are recipients of the Society for Community Research and Action mini grant.

  • Human Factors Students

    Human Factors and Ergonomics Chapter

    received the 2015 Outstanding Student Chapter Silver Award.