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Social Psychology Overview

The social psychology training program at Syracuse University was established in 1924 by Floyd Henry Allport (1890-1978), and is the oldest of its kind in the world. Consistent with the tradition begun by Dr. Allport, the training program embraces research as a central focus for the training of social psychologists.

The Training Program

The Syracuse University Social Psychology program was developed for students entering with a bachelor's degree in psychology or a graduate degree in related fields. Among the 90 credit hours that are required for the Ph.D. degree, course requirements include 18 credit hours of theoretical social psychology, 15 credit hours of social psychology methodology, 6 credit hours of statistics, 9 credit hours of other psychology courses, 6 hours of thesis and 18 hours of dissertation credits. In addition to course work, students are expected to participate in research with program faculty throughout their graduate training career. For specific requirements, consult the Course Catalog.


A complete application includes official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, scores on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) (the advanced GRE test is helpful but not required), and three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional work. Upon receipt of this information the Graduate School forwards copies of the completed application to the Psychology Department for consideration. The deadline for completed applications for admissions in the Fall is December 1; there are no spring admissions. Applicants are typically notified of their acceptance or rejection by April 15.

Applications for admission to the graduate program are evaluated by a committee, including faculty in the Social Psychology program and one graduate student from this program. An applicant's grades, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation are considered important indices of a person's potential success in graduate study and all three are taken into consideration. Typically students admitted to our graduate program have a 3.5 or better grade point average and combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE scores of 304 or above. Of course, these numbers are merely guidelines and proficiencies in one area (e.g. high GREs or excellent letters of recommendation) can balance deficiencies in other areas necessary for consideration as an applicant.

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