Tulane University's Department of Psychology dates from 1911, although courses in psychology were offered as early as 1907. The first Master's Degree in Psychology was awarded at Tulane in 1912. Immediately following World War II, the department established a doctoral program in psychology, awarding the first Ph.D. degree in 1949. Graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. degree in psychology are designed to offer the student training in a major research area within psychology, expertise in quantitative and design methodology, and varied research opportunities. Students study either School Psychology or an area of Psychological Science (Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, or Social Psychology). The School Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.