Prospective Students

Prospective Students

An undergraduate major in psychology is a strong foundation that can prepare you for a wide variety of career options, from academia to medicine to politics and everything in between. Some of the most unique aspects of the Dietrich School's undergraduate degree program include the fact that students can begin conducting research with a faculty mentor as early as the spring term of their first year through the First Experiences in Research. Other distinctions of our department include:

  • Strong program of directed research, including the opportunity to complete an Honors Thesis or BPhil degree.
  • Numerous opportunities for experiential placements in the community.
  • One-to-one personalized academic advising throughout the undergraduate career.
  • Psychology Panther Club and Psi Chi International Honors Society provide a social connection and exploration of psychology beyond the classroom.
  • Introduction to the Field and Senior Seminar courses help students connect the psychology major to career pathways.
  • Study Abroad at the University of Groningen and through a partnership agreement with the University of Bologna.

Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychology welcomes students of all backgrounds into our undergraduate major, graduate training programs, and research mentorship programs.  Learn more about how the Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community or "PEIC" plays a key role in building and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of scholars here.

Weekly Announcements

Learn more about Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and explore recent developments in the department here.

Drop-in Advising

Prospective students with questions about the Department of Psychology, the undergraduate major, undergraduate courses, or experiential learning are encouraged to stop by during drop-in hours.  The current schedule for drop-in availability can be found here.

"I am lucky to have Assistant Professor Melissa Libertus as my research mentor because she gets to know each student in the lab and makes an effort to see us whether in lab meetings or one-on-ones or just popping into the lab. Dr. Libertus was the one who encouraged me to make SFON my own independent project and to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Award. She has also presented multiple opportunities to me such as presenting at a psychology conference, something I never would have imagined myself doing as an undergraduate."

–Adwoa Imbeah (Psychology and Africana Studies)


Read more of Adwoa's story.

For more information about our department, or to schedule a visit or tour, please contact the Dietrich School's recruitment team at

If you are interested in graduate programs at the Dietrich School, please email for more information.