Graduate Program Areas

The psychology department at Iowa State University provides doctoral level training in three program areas: cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, and social psychology

Cognitive Psychology

The cognitive psychology program at Iowa State University provides students with a foundation in basic science and its applications to cognitive psychology. The primary goal is for the student to develop the intellectual and technical skills that are necessary to conduct independent research while at Iowa State University and in future positions.

Counseling Psychology

The counseling psychology program follows a scientist-practitioner model. Students can tailor their training to become clinicians prepared for clinical practice and/or teaching and research in college and university settings. Through coursework, practica, and other hands-on experiences and learning, students are prepared to be counseling psychology professionals of the highest caliber.

Social Psychology

The social psychology program at Iowa State University is grounded in basic and applied research. Students learn the theoretical and conceptual bases of social psychology, acquire strong methodological and statistical competencies, and develop critical skills in the areas of teaching and writing through course work, empirical research, and interactions with their major professor(s).