Graduate Program

Graduate Program Overview

The doctoral program in the Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University offers training in the areas of Cognitive Psychology, Health Psychology, Social Psychology, and Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience.  All students enroll in the Ph.D. in Psychology program and gain specialized training through mentored research, coursework, and professional activities. Please note, the Department of Psychology does not offer a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or any form of clinical training at this time.

As a science department in a land-grant institution, the Psychology Department emphasizes both general and professional education. We see scholarly inquiry, particularly basic and applied research, as essential to the Department's and University's instructional and public service function. Through an emphasis on research, we serve the people of North Dakota by providing quality education for our students, advancing knowledge, attracting resources, and advancing the status of the Department and University.

Doctoral students are typically supported through teaching or research assistantships, which provide a 12-month stipend and full tuition waiver.  Most students complete the program within 5 years. Our graduates have gone on to a broad range of successful careers in academia and industry. 

For more information, please contact the graduate program coordinator:

Ph.D. in Psychology: Dr. Clayton Hilmert (


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