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Psychology Programs

As the birthplace of educational psychology in 1899, Teachers College, Columbia University has become a leader in the psychological and human development disciplines. Our faculty, students, and alumni play a central role in developing solutions to the great problems of the world. Scholars, students, and graduates are on the front lines together, addressing the mental health crisis, the experience of refugee communities, the impact of police violence, and the nexus of genetics and the environment.

Programs in counseling, clinical psychology, cognitive science, school psychology, behavioral analytics, and social-organizational psychology enable TC students to tackle the developmental, emotional, social, and educational challenges faced by individuals, groups, and societies. TC students prepare for a multitude of career avenues in academia, industry, non-profits, community organizations, and school systems. And, they share a fundamental mission: to courageously help people. Learn how you can join them.

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Learn more about any one of our more than 100 graduate programs


in Student Counseling as ranked by US News & World Report


psychology and human development programs


affiliated research centers


full-time Psychology faculty and 147 affiliated Psychologists

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World-Class Curriculum

Emphasizing the link between research and practice, psychology at TC synthesizes a commitment to social justice with rigorous scientific method. Through a seamless blending of theory and practice, degree candidates learn to work effectively with individuals of diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We focus on factors within the individual as well as external forces: socioeconomic inequities and discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Our rich academic diversity and rigor will give you the perspective and expertise few in the world can claim.

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Make Meaningful Connections

We are a graduate student body from all 50 states (plus D.C) and 84 nations. We're doing truly amazing things, like assisting refugees, creating technology to support individuals with disabilities, and programming apps that help first-generation college students navigate their campus experience. We have the courage to innovate and lead change.

We are also a welcoming, supportive, and vibrant community. Connect with your peers and grow through residence hall activities, club meetings, departmental lectures, and cultural events— We are in NYC, after all.

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Join a Legacy

When you graduate, you don’t leave TC behind. You join our network of 90,000+ alumni, who build on the knowledge and experience they gained at TC to improve lives around the globe. TC alumni provide you with a system of support and connections that will help take you where you want to be.

Follow in their footsteps—become a courageous and influential leader in your chosen field.

Learn more about any one of our more than 100 graduate programs

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