What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Typically, graduate students receive stipends (≈$20,000/year) and tuition waivers.

How long will it take?

Typically, students complete the Ph.D. in 6-7 years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Psychology, Ph.D., Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience

Department of Psychology: 
psychology@gsu.edu

Graduate Program: 
psygrad@gsu.edu

The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) concentration focuses on the neural bases for cognitive and affective processes in humans, and typically uses a combination of psychological experimental methods and non-invasive imaging techniques in healthy populations.

Our program is unique in that some faculty also focus on clinical populations or the translational components of noninvasive nonhuman primate-based research. The focus of this work is on its direct or translational value to human cognition and emotional systems.

Graduate students earn a master’s degree en route to the Ph.D. degree.

The CAN Ph.D. concentration does not provide clinical training nor is the primary work in behavioral neuroscience. Students interested in neuropsychology and clinical licensure should apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology (CLN) concentration. Students interested in behavioral neuroscience and/or research on basic model organisms should apply to the Neuroscience Institute.

The CAN and other faculty with neuroimaging research interests are involved in the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS) with regular presentations and speaker series, collaborative projects and research initiatives.

Georgia State has a rich neuroscience community that fosters collaboration among our colleagues in the Neuroscience Institute and the Georgia State/Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging.

Psychology, Ph.D., Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience

Department of Psychology: 
psychology@gsu.edu

Graduate Program: 
psygrad@gsu.edu

The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) concentration focuses on the neural bases for cognitive and affective processes in humans, and typically uses a combination of psychological experimental methods and non-invasive imaging techniques in healthy populations.

Our program is unique in that some faculty also focus on clinical populations or the translational components of noninvasive nonhuman primate-based research. The focus of this work is on its direct or translational value to human cognition and emotional systems.

Graduate students earn a master’s degree en route to the Ph.D. degree.

The CAN Ph.D. concentration does not provide clinical training nor is the primary work in behavioral neuroscience. Students interested in neuropsychology and clinical licensure should apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology (CLN) concentration. Students interested in behavioral neuroscience and/or research on basic model organisms should apply to the Neuroscience Institute.

The CAN and other faculty with neuroimaging research interests are involved in the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS) with regular presentations and speaker series, collaborative projects and research initiatives.

Georgia State has a rich neuroscience community that fosters collaboration among our colleagues in the Neuroscience Institute and the Georgia State/Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Typically, graduate students receive stipends (≈$20,000/year) and tuition waivers.

How long will it take?

Typically, students complete the Ph.D. in 6-7 years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

Cognitive neuroscientists work in research in government, medicine, business and academia.

Program Details

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • The GRE is not required for the fall 2021 application cycle *
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only) *

The statement of purpose should be 500-1,000 words. It should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss experiences that led you to this field of study. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State (including the fit with the faculty member(s) with whom you would most like to work). Describe what you would like to be doing three to five years after you receive your Ph.D.

The resume or CV should summarize your academic, research, clinical and other relevant experiences.

Previous research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.

Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of four courses. Two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods are required. Two additional junior- or senior-level psychology content courses are also required. The Clinical program recommends a course in abnormal psychology or psychopathology as one of the content courses. An introductory psychology course cannot be counted as one of the four required courses.

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores.

We allow a great deal of flexibility in the individual curriculum once the core courses are completed.

For more details, see the Psychology graduate handbook.

Psychology Ph.D. students are offered a monthly stipend during their first four years of graduate school as long as they remain in good standing with the department by maintaining the required GPA and meeting departmental responsibilities.

The level of support for incoming students is determined when they are accepted. No separate financial application procedure is required. All support includes a tuition waiver. Beginning students may also make application to the University’s Office of Financial Aid (404-413-2400) for non-departmental sources of aid, such as loans and university-provided scholarships.

A Ph.D. in cognitive and affective neuroscience offers training in both the methods of cognitive psychology in experimental design and cognitive constructs, and in human neuroscience methods, typically neuroimaging or other neurophsyiological measurements. The goal is to be able to contribute to the interplay of the two.

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Contacts

Office/Delivery Address:
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
Urban Life Building
11th Floor
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083

USPS Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 5010
Atlanta, GA 30302-5010

General Inquiries
psychology@gsu.edu

Psychology Graduate Program
psygrad@gsu.edu

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Place NE
Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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