Our Mission

The CUNY BASP Program is designed to provide students with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of core concepts and theories in the field of social psychology;
  • Competence in a variety of research skills and methods;
  • Synthesis or application of research expertise in one or more specific areas of social psychology; and
  • Hands-on professional development opportunities, including both formal and informal training in manuscript preparation, revision, and review, oral presentation, grant writing, and teaching.

Program Structure

The BASP training area is one of 14 doctoral training areas within the PhD Program in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center (GC).  Each training area has its own curriculum, requirements, and culture, but shares common core elements with the GC Psychology department as a whole. The Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) training area resides within the Basic and Applied Social Systems Cluster, which includes BASP, Psychology and Law, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Human Development. Many BASP faculty are members of the doctoral faculty in multiple training areas, both within and across Curricular Clusters. This structure allows faculty and students to collaborate more easily across training areas, and creates opportunities for interdisciplinary course offering and research opportunities.

The BASP program promotes this type of collaboration, while still maintaining an independent identity and culture. BASP faculty are committed to training social psychologists with the breadth and depth to both be competitive in the job market and make a continuing contribution to the field and to our larger social world.


Training Philosophy

Our training philosophy combines formal coursework with an apprenticeship model of doctoral mentorship. Although students are expected to explore and develop their own lines of research, they will work closely with one or more faculty members in the first two years of their training to learn basic skills, gain facility with various stages of the research process, and receive exposure to particular approaches and methodologies. This apprenticeship model trains students in the empirical tools of social psychological research, allowing them to select from this toolbox in developing their own independent programs of research.



Studying at the CUNY Graduate Center


Founded in 1961, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) is devoted primarily to doctoral study and awards most of CUNY’s doctoral degrees. An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the Graduate Center offers over thirty doctoral programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of health sciences doctorates and master’s programs.

In addition to the resources of the BASP program and faculty, GC students have access to interdisciplinary research centers, including the newly created Advanced Research Collaborative, which promotes interdisciplinary research and partners with the Graduate Center’s forty research centers, institutes, interdisciplinary committees, and other academic initiatives. Click here for information about the Advanced Research Collaborative.

The Graduate Center is also a vibrant intellectual and cultural hub in the heart of Manhattan. Every week, the Graduate Center hosts a series of academic and cultural events ranging from seminars and academic conferences to readings, concerts, and film screenings. Graduate Center doctoral student have access to all these events under their own roof, as intellectuals, activists, and artists from all over the world are drawn to New York City as a venue in which to express themselves and explore their work. Click here to view the GC Events Calendar.