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Psychology and Women's Studies

Penn State Psychology is one of only two graduate programs in the U.S. to offer a dual degree Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Psychology. Graduate students also have the option of a graduate minor in Women’s Studies.

Students in the dual-title degree program receive the M.S. and/or Ph.D. in “Women’s Studies and Psychology.” The Psychology requirements are no different than those for students seeking the Psychology degree alone. The difference is that dual-degree students must also take Women’s Studies required and approved classes. There are also requirements for the thesis or dissertation and the composition of the candidate’s committee.

How to apply: After a student is admitted to Psychology, she or he may apply to Women’s Studies for admission to the dual-degree program. Women’s Studies determines whether to admit the student. We recommend that students take at least one required Women’s Studies seminar and complete their first year in the Psychology graduate program before applying for admission.

Degree Options

Psychology Faculty affiliated with the Women’s Studies Department

Current Students


  • Sarah Gervais, Social Psychology
  • Johanna Johnson, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Kristy Schlenker, Social Psychology
  • Srijana Shrestha, Adult Clinical Psychology
  • Maggie Thomas, Social Psychology
  • Leah Warner, Social Psychology
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