Academic psychology programs in the United States prepare students for clinical, social services and research-based careers in the fields of counseling, industrial psychology and behavioral study. U.S. News & World Report, which conducts the most comprehensive college rankings for psychology programs in the United States, ranks both private and public universities in its list of schools offering the best psychology programs.

University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) was rated by U.S. News and World Report in 2009 as having the best psychology school in the United States. UC Berkeley is the oldest public research university among those within the University of California system. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology through the school's Psychology Department. In addition to a comprehensive Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree, UC Berkeley offers a graduate program with five specialized areas of study: Behavioral Neuroscience; Change, Plasticity & Development; Clinical Science; Cognition, Brain & Behavior; and Social-Personality. UC Berkeley offers select online psychology courses via a centralized management system for added scheduling flexibility.

University of California, Berkeley 3210 Tolman Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 510-642-5292 psychology.berkeley.edu/index.html

Stanford University

Stanford University, a private research institution located in Stanford, California, was ranked in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report as having the best psychology program in the United States (a ranking it shared with UC Berkeley). The Department of Psychology at Stanford University offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programs. The school offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology for undergraduate students as well as a coterminal Master of Arts in Psychology for students who wish to extend their studies. In addition, Stanford University offers a Ph.D. program with specializations in the following areas: Cognitive Research, Developmental Research, Neuroscience, Personality Research and Social Psychology. The Department of Psychology emphasizes to prospective students that it does not offer clinical or counseling programs.

Stanford University Jordan Hall, Building 01-420 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 650-725-2400 stanford.edu/dept/psychology/cgi-bin/drupalm/

Harvard University

Harvard University, a distinguished private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest post-secondary institution of higher learning in the United States. In 2009, the university was ranked as having the third-best psychology school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Psychology at Harvard University offers a dynamic undergraduate program as well as a graduate Ph.D. program. In the undergraduate psychology program, students can choose from the following tracks: General track, the Mind, Brain, and Behavioral track, the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience track and the Secondary Field in Psychology track. Students in the Ph.D. program can follow two different graduate tracks. In the first track, students follow the Common Curriculum, which offers study in social psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience and perception. In the second track, students focus solely on clinical science and psychology practice.

Harvard Unviersity William James Hall 33 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-3810 isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k3007&pageid=icb.page21918