Department of Psychology

Overview

The Department of Psychology offers coursework and programs that help you develop skills for your future career and lifelong learning, including critical thinking and professional communication. The department offers opportunities to join cutting-edge research and programs that are advancing study in a host of fields. We provide an environment where faculty and student collaborative research thrives, expanding the knowledge of behavior, cognition, perception, and other key areas. Faculty in the Department of Psychology are teachers and scholars who work to advance the science of psychology and help you apply that science to your chosen career field.

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Degree programs: Psychology (BS), Experimental Psychology (MS), and School Psychology (MS)

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  • January 11, 2021

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    RIT Sponsored Research garners $82 million

    RIT had its best year ever for sponsored research funding. For fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, RIT received 382 new awards totaling $82 million. The record funding follows almost $58 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2019, also a record.

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Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate program integrates a traditional psychology curriculum with a unique science and technology focus. Courses in experimental, developmental, abnormal, and industrial/organizational psychology foster the development of your analytical skills and encourage critical thinking, while a professional/technical core builds knowledge in a relevant area outside of psychology such as criminal justice, business, mathematics, computing, or engineering. The unique curriculum offers five tracks of in-depth, interdisciplinary study in developmental psychology, biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology, allowing you to specialize in two areas of interest.

Our psychology degree provides a scientific study of the brain paired with a focus on observing, experimenting, and analyzing the mind to understand what drives human behavior.

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Graduate Programs

A graduate degree in psychology can lead to advanced career prospects. Our master’s programs combine focused coursework in psychology with applied experience, either through an internship or the completion of a research study and master’s thesis.

Explore the interactions between humans and machines and the science behind our behavior as you prepare for a career in ergonomics, cognition, perception, design, and more.

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Contribute meaningful work to multiple fields of psychology while you explore and apply scientific methods to human development, social interactions, and behavioral relationships in an experimental psychology master's degree targeted toward your career aspirations.

 

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The advanced certificate in school psychology is ideal for school practitioners who would like further professional development, or for individuals who would like to explore the dynamic field of school psychology.

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In our school psychology master's degree you will work to minimize learning and behavioral difficulties while helping children and adolescents achieve academic and social success.

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