Program Information

The Experimental Psychology program provides an excellent preparation and foundation for students wishing to enter a psychology Ph.D. program. Our graduate program is based on a mentorship model in which each incoming student is paired with a faculty member with similar scholarly interests who will advise and mentor the student on his/her academic progress and scholarly activities. Graduates will have a solid background in research design, quantitative methods, and expertise in a specific research area.


The experimental psychology graduate curriculum provides in-depth research experience within specific domains of psychology; cognitive, social, developmental, and neuroscience. This goal is accomplished through a combination of coursework and research experience.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • International Applicants: Please review the requirements for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • GRE scores: waived for the 2021 application season
  • Statement of Purpose: 2‐5 page personal statement discussing the applicant's interest in an area related to Experimental Psychology. Address the following:
    1. What motivates you to pursue training in experimental psychology?
    2. What theoretical issues, research problems, or application areas are your central interests? Why are these issues especially interesting and important?
    3. Your current and prior research experience (including the research goals/findings, and your level of involvement, responsibilities, and accomplishments)
    4. Reason for applying to our graduate program
    5. Name(s) of faculty members with whom you wish to work. Discuss in detail how your interests, goals, and experiences align with their research program. Note: We strongly encourage applicants to contact potential faculty members prior to writing their statement and become familiar with their current research in order to facilitate appropriate mentorship.