The University of California Santa Barbara's Department of Psychological & Brain sciences is a top ranking program. Faculty members include prominent scholars working in four graduate research training areas: Cognitive and Perceptual Sciences, Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and Social Psychology. The graduate program is large enough to field a full range of graduate courses and seminars, but small enough to provide a sense of community and a high level of faculty attention per student. Currently, there are 30 full-time faculty members supervising approximately 65 graduate students. This excellent student-to-faculty ratio ensures an enriched and personal graduate experience where each student works closely with his or her faculty mentor. It is reassuring to note that the Psychology Department at UCSB offers not only a quality research-oriented program, but one whose graduates have been highly successful in the competition for academic, private sector, and post-doctoral positions
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