The study of psychology is part of a long and distinguished tradition at Ohio State.The first psychology
course was offered in 1879, and in 1907 an independent Department of Psychology was formed. The first
Master of Arts degree in Psychology was awarded in 1915; the first Ph.D. in 1917. Since that time, about
2,800 master's degrees and 2,000 doctorates have been conferred. Department graduates hold respected teaching,
research and professional positions across the United States and many practice in other countries.
In fact, there is at least one Ohio State graduate on the psychology faculty of almost every major university in America.
A Prominent Faculty
Approximately 50 professors make up the Psychology Department faculty at the Columbus campus.
Many are recognized both nationally and internationally for their contributions to their fields,
and many hold joint appointments, which means they are also members of other department faculties at Ohio State.
Our faculty members, as well as a number of our alumni, are the recipients of the discipline's highest
awards for professional and scientific achievement. Many serve as editors of major journals and several are
president's of professional societies. They understand that they are role models and that they have a responsibility
to help graduate students develop their sense of professional identity and commitment.
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As a graduate student at Ohio State University, you will find that faculty consider you a colleague.
You will have every opportunity to develop the research and professional skills you need to become a
well-qualified psychologist in the specialty area you choose. With the faculty's help, you will develop
an individualized study and research program and you will study in an invigorating, research-oriented
environment, one you should find both challenging and intellectually stimulating. Our overriding goal is
to train scholars who, through independent research, are capable of making substantive contributions to
the body of knowledge in the field of psychology.