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Program in Psychology Graduate School Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark

  • Newark, NJ
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 80%20%
    student ratio
  • 25
    total students
  • $10,694 | $10,694
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 16%
    acceptance rate
  • 5 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Programs of Study

Students entering the graduate program in psychology can take courses of study leading to a Ph.D. in psychology with specializations in developmental psychology, neuroscience, perception/cognition, and social psychology across a variety of research topics.

Current research in developmental psychology addresses conceptual development, the evolution of threat perceptions, and the development and treatment of antisocial behavior. Training in developmental research involves laboratory-based child research paradigms, the application of eye tracker methodology, and longitudinal field study techniques. Much of the research conducted in the department currently is supported by grants funded through federal, state, and private sources. Current research in the biopsychology of emotion and adaptive behavior focuses on the motivational, evolutionary, and developmental mechanisms underlying behavior. Research in neuroscience offers training in neuroimaging methods, concepts, and experimental paradigms. The neuroimaging research focus includes studies in motion and event perception, learning and memory, and how humans process rewards and punishments. Research in the area of cognitive science offers training in the computational and experimental study of cognitive processes. The curriculum provides basic instruction in computational and mathematical modeling methods, with a focus on connectionist systems, learning, memory, and categorization. The perception specialization offers training in the experimental study of motion and color perception as well as many advanced areas within vision science. The social psychology concentration focuses on attachment theory, the mediation of social and interpersonal conflict, aggression, violence and bullying, interracial feedback, social support, and the methods and techniques used most commonly in these areas.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities in the adjacent Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, the College of Business (Information Sciences), the School of Criminal Justice, the College of Nursing, the Department of Biological Sciences, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology as well as adjunct courses listed in related areas (such as linguistics, philosophy, or cognitive science) on the New Brunswick campus. A written qualifying examination is given after the completion of basic course work at the end of the second year. Upon satisfactory completion of these requirements, students advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and must submit a dissertation proposal, carry out their independent research, and then defend their dissertation.

Research Facilities

The Department of Psychology occupies about 80,000 square feet on the first, third, fourth, and fifth floors of Smith Hall. The department has its own servers, computing laboratory, and a series of individual laboratories for neurophysiological, neuroanatomical, and neuropharmacological research along with lab spaces for social, developmental, and perceptual/cognitive research. There are more than 16,000 square feet for animal holding and testing.

The Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC) is a 2,500-square-foot state-of-the-art imaging center that serves the psychology and neurosciences departments of all three Rutgers campuses ( In addition to the scan room, RUBIC has rooms available to prepare experiments, interview participants, and analyze data. The facility is staffed with an MR physicist and technicians. RUBIC uses a 3T Siemens TRIO for scanning both humans and animals. A 28-node Ravana computing cluster is used for RUMBA (Rutgers University Mind Brain Analysis, An Eyelink-1000 is available for the collection of eye movement data while scanning. A BIOPAC MP150 system is available for recording skin conductance. Software available includes E-Prime as well as open-source options such as PyEPL. And a number of fiber optic response options are utilized, including response pads and trackballs.

The Psychology Department also maintains and supports field research space in the Rutgers Newark child care center. This facility provides day care and preschool activities for children between the ages of 2 and 5. Department faculty established an observational research lab within the child care center comprised of state-of-the-art observational equipment including digital cameras, wireless microphones, and Apple computers. The lab also has space and furniture for interviewing and testing children.

Financial Aid

Students accepted into the program receive a full stipend and tuition remission through a wide range of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships offered by the Rutgers Graduate School to full-time Ph.D. students whose records demonstrate superior academic achievement and scholarly promise. Stipends range up to $20,000 plus tuition remission for fellowships and $21,400 for teaching or graduate assistantships. They may be renewed for one or more years depending on the availability of funds and the academic standing of the student. Students who are members of minority groups may also be eligible to receive additional support through the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program and other programs. Students also receive financial support from the Department of Psychology to attend conferences.

Cost of Study

Graduate students typically receive full tuition remission along with their source of support.

Living and Housing Costs

Graduate student housing is available in Talbott Apartments and University Square Apartments. Costs can range from $8,700 for an academic year lease to $11,500 for a calendar year lease for a single room in either a 3-person or 4-person shared apartment. A limited number of family apartment options are available for married/domestic partners and students with children in University-owned brownstones.

Student Group

There are typically about 25 full-time graduate doctoral students carrying out research in the Department of Psychology. The faculty-student ratio of approximately 1:2 affords ample opportunity for students to interact with faculty members. Students in the Department of Psychology are represented in policy decisions and are actively involved in the selection of new students.


Rutgers' Newark campus is conveniently located in the center of a diverse and thriving educational, professional, and cultural community in the downtown area of New Jersey's largest city. Newark is also at the center of the nation's largest concentration of pharmaceutical industries. The campus is a modern complex serving more than 10,000 students and 500 faculty members. Rutgers-Newark is easily accessible by car or mass transit and is approximately 20 minutes by rail from midtown Manhattan. A free campus shuttle bus links the campus with the city's mass transit centers during the evening hours. The Department of Psychology is located one block from the University's jogging track, fully equipped gymnasium, tennis courts, and swimming pool.

The University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with more than 47,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick, is one of the major state universities in the nation. The Newark campus is part of a complex of higher education institutions that includes the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Students apply to enter the program on a full-time basis. Students should apply to the Department of Psychology and mention the area of study they are most interested in. Applications can be submitted at The application deadline for the fall semester is January 15. Applicants should include scores for the General GRE and the Subject GRE in their area of interest. Applicants also should take care to indicate their preferred advisers, and are encouraged to contact potential advisers to discuss their interests.

Location & Contact

Program in Psychology

Graduate School
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark

249 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Dr. Kenneth Kressel


Phone: 973-353-5440 ext. 232
Fax: 973-353-1171

Jason Hand

Director of Admissions

Phone: 973-353-5205
Fax: 973-353-1440

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Cognition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Psychobiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Cognitive Neuroscience Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Perception Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Cognitive Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 0
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


16% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 48
    • Accepted 8
    • Acceptance Rate 16
    • Enrolled 6
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, minimum undergraduate B average
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *$10,694
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Health Care Benefits, minority scholarships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students25
    • Female Percentage80%
    • Male Percentage20%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students25
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Full-time Percentage92%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian72%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty21
    • Full-time Percentage71%
    • Part-time Percentage29%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchVisual perception (luminance, motion), neuroendocrine mechanisms in behavior (reproduction, pain), attachment theory, connectionist modeling of cognition
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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