With an emphasis on the completion of a Ph.D. that will lead to a career in university-level teaching and research, Rice's Department of Psychology graduate program is unique in that our faculty, together with our graduate students, work in Research Interest Groups (RIGs) allowing for tailor-made programs based on shared research interests. A selective program admitting approximately 10 students each year, admission to the program is contingent upon at least a rough match between applicant and faculty interests. Prospective applicants should therefore study faculty interests carefully.

Most students receive a tuition waiver.

For more information, please visit the Department of Psychology website and read the graduate studies FAQs. Also download the graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:


All prospective applicants should note that the Department of Psychology is offering a Ph.D. Program only and does not consider applicants pursuing a terminal Master's degree. While the department does not offer a Master's Degree track, students typically earn one as they progress toward the Ph.D.

NOTE: Our department does not offer programs in clinical, counseling, educational or school psychology.

Research Interest Groups

  • Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience
  • Human Factors/ Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Psychometrics & Quantitative Psychology

Students engage in interdisciplinary coursework and participate in research opportunities through collaborative links with nearby world-renowned medical institutions in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and NASA.

The Department of Psychology Contact Information

Professor Eduardo Salas
Phone: 713-348-4856
Fax: 713-348-5221