The Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in Psychology is designed to help college graduates who did not major in psychology but who wish to pursue graduate training in this field to gain the course and research experience necessary to make them competitive psychology Ph.D. applicants.

Although this program does not guarantee acceptance into the program of your choice, it has been successful in providing motivated students with the opportunities that they need to succeed. Since its instantiation in Fall 1999, the majority of students who completed the program gained acceptance into their first-choice program, including clinical Ph.D. programs at the University of Georgia, University of California at San Diego (joint program with San Diego State University), the City College of New York, Duke University, the State University of New York at Albany, Fordham University, Teacher’s College, as well as Masters programs in social work and public health at Columbia University.

The Postbac Program is an intensive, 1-2 year program of coursework and research experience, with carefully structured support and advisement at all stages - from selection of coursework and research labs to application to graduate school. The program is appropriate for students interested in graduate study in all areas of psychology, including clinical, cognitive, personality, social, physiological, and industrial/organizational, as well as cognitive neuroscience. It is geared toward preparing students for admission to Ph.D. or Psy.D. psychology programs, as well as certain Masters level programs.

We hope the following Postbac sections provide you with the information you need, but if you have further questions, please contact Professor Patricia Lindemann.