Psychological Sciences

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 Psychological Sciences 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 Psychological Sciences website and read the graduate studies FAQs. Also download the graduate program handbook.

Degrees Offered:

Professional Master's


All prospective applicants should note that the Department of Psychological Sciences is offering a Ph.D. Program only and does not consider applicants pursuing a terminal Master's degree, except for students enrolled in our professional master's program in Human-Computer Interaction & Human Factors. 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 Psychological Sciences Contact Information

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