Social Psychology Network

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Ranking of U.S. Social Psychology Ph.D. Programs

    This page contains links to 32 social psychology Ph.D. programs ranked in quality according to the Princeton Review's "Gourman Report of Graduate Programs" (8th edition).

The Canadian Psychological Association Graduate Guide is a good source of information on graduate study in Canada, and John Krantz also maintains an extensive international list of Psychology Departments.

Note to Students: The rankings below should be considered no more than a rough approximation. Many excellent programs did not make it into Gourman's list, and of those that did, the difference between closely ranked programs was often too small to be meaningful. For a critical perspective on the Gourman rankings, see Caveat Emptor: The Gourman Report.

You would be well advised to consult as many faculty members as possible for feedback on your top school choices before applying to graduate school. Admission to graduate school is competitive, so apply to as many schools as possible; have your friends, family, and academic advisors look over your application materials; and if you receive letters of rejection, don't lose your sense of humor!


Gourman Report Rankings
Rank School Department Score
1 Stanford University Psychology Dept 4.68
2 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Social Psychology 4.66
3 Yale University Social-Personality 4.65
4 Harvard University Social Psychology 4.63
5 University of California--Los Angeles Social Psychology 4.60
6 University of Pennsylvania Psychology Dept 4.59
7 Carnegie Mellon University Social/Decision Sci 4.58
8 University of California--Berkeley Social-Personality 4.56
9 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Social Psychology 4.54
10 Cornell University Psychology Dept 4.52
11 University of Wisconsin--Madison Social-Personality 4.48
12 Columbia University Social-Organizational 4.46
13 University of Texas--Austin Social Psychology 4.43
14 University of Washington Social-Personality 4.42
15 Indiana University--Bloomington Social Psychology 4.40
16 University of Virginia Social Psychology 4.39
17 University of Oregon Social-Personality 4.36
18 Ohio State University--Columbus Social Psychology 4.33
19 Northwestern University Social Psychology 4.32
20 University of Colorado--Boulder Social Psychology 4.31
21 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Social Psychology 4.30
22 Purdue University--Lafayette Social Psychology 4.26
23 Johns Hopkins University Psychology Dept 4.25
24 Duke University Psy/Neuroscience 4.22
25 New York University Social-Personality 4.21
26 University of Iowa Personality-Social 4.20
27 Pennsylvania State University--University Park Social Psychology 4.18
28 University of Rochester Social-Personality 4.17
29 Rutgers University Social Psychology 4.14
30 University of Southern California Social Psychology 4.12
31 Stony Brook University Social-Health 4.11
32 University of Florida Social Psychology 4.09



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