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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychological Sciences University of Maine



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The Department of Psychology offers graduate study leading to the M.A. degree in Psychological Sciences (including social, cognitive, and biological psychology) and to the Ph.D. degree in Psychological Sciences and Clinical Psychology.

The Department of Psychology believes the best graduate education involves close working relationships between faculty and students. Thus, a high faculty to student ratio and small class size characterize our graduate programs. Every incoming student works directly with a faculty mentor as a means of gaining valuable research, teaching, and professional experience. There also are opportunities for individualized study and experience in directed readings, research, and supervised teaching. A faculty committee, selected to represent the student’s interest, will assist the student in planning an appropriate program of study.

Program in Psychological Sciences

The goal of this program is to prepare students for careers in teaching and research. All students are expected to demonstrate a high level of competence in one of the specialty areas listed below. Students are also expected to demonstrate competence in statistics and experimental design, and in several areas of general psychology outside their specialty area. Competence is assessed in terms of performance in courses, research projects, teaching, and a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam is given at the end of the second year of graduate study or at the end of the first year for students entering with a master’s degree from another university. The Department offers the following specialty areas within Psychological Sciences:

Cognitive and Biological Psychology

This program covers several basic areas of experimental psychology, including cognition, perception, biopsychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Students develop research skills and conduct research in at least one specialty area. Students also become familiar with areas of general psychology outside their specialty, and with statistics and experimental design. Students work closely with a research advisor, and begin research involvement in the first year.

Social Psychology

By emphasizing basic and applied research at the Ph.D. level, the social psychology program aims to produce well-rounded academicians and practitioners by fostering a solid understanding of theory and research in social psychology, as well as knowledge of how social research may be applied to solve practical problems. The program operates on an apprenticeship model by which students work closely with faculty members on theory-driven research.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychological Sciences.

Full Time (Maximum 4 years)

Tuition fees

$21,990.00 (16,39,247) per year


03 Sep, 21 Jan


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,



04469, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must hold a bachelor degree.

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Maine Graduate School accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.

IELTS - Minimum Score: 6.5

TOEFL (IBT) - Minimum Score: 80

PTE - Minimum Score: 60

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