Social Psychology

Ph.D. Concentration

The social psychology concentration at UConn emphasizes important social issues, like health, prejudice, and discrimination. Researchers in this area use multiple theoretical perspectives, methods, and levels of analysis, including individual, dyad, group, intergroup, culture, network, society, international, and ecology.

Program Overview

UConn graduate students earning a Ph.D. in psychological sciences can choose a concentration in social psychology. The concentration uses theory to address important social issues facing our world today, such as stigma, prejudice, discrimination, intercultural relations, politics, gun violence, and public health.

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Social psychology students begin doing research in their first semester and continue throughout their careers. UConn social psychologists use multiple theoretical perspectives, research methods, and levels of analysis in their work, including individual, dyad, group, intergroup, culture, network, society, international, and ecological methods.

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Our graduate program in social psychology has existed since the 1960s and has produced more than 100 Ph.D. alumni. After they graduate, our graduates land tenure-track, postdoctoral, teaching, and research positions at a wide array of academic institutions. They also pursue fulfilling careers in the public and private sectors.

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Financial Aid

Most students admitted into the Ph.D. program receive a graduate assistantship for research or teaching. The assistantship includes a tuition waiver, stipend, and a range of other benefits. Students can also apply for other scholarships, fellowships, and awards based on financial need and academic merit, as well as interdisciplinary graduate training programs.

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All application materials must be received by December 15 for entry into the program the following August.


Full Ph.D. Admissions Requirements

Please designate "social psychology” as your concentration in the online application.

We strongly encourage applicants to review our list of faculty members and reach out to inquire whether they are accepting new students.

Contact Us

For questions about the social psychology concentration, please contact the program head:

Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Professor of Psychological Sciences