Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology at Washington State University is among the oldest in the West. The Program has an established reputation for producing well-trained psychologists who contribute to basic and applied experimental psychology in academia, government service, and private industry.

Program design and study

The Program is designed to produce highly skilled experimental psychologists with specialized training in one of five areas: (1) Behavior Analysis; (2) Cognition (3) Biological-Psychology; (4) Sensation and Perception; and (4) Social/Organizational Psychology. Graduates are expected to be highly knowledgeable of their specialty area; have a strong background in general psychology, and be knowledgeable of a wide variety of strategies for generating and testing hypotheses. Each graduate will leave Washington State University well equipped to become a productive member of the professional community.

The Program is designed to be completed within 5 years, for students entering without a master’s degree. Students program of study is designed around the interests and career objectives of the student, whether such interests are in academic or applied experimental psychology. The program of study includes required course work, an MA thesis or its equivalent, a written general examination, and a doctoral dissertation. In addition, experimental students are expected to be involved in research activity under the direction of a faculty member through out their enrollment in the program.

Admission to the program

The Program admits students based on a careful assessment of their potential as psychologists, without regard to race, sex, or creed. An admissions committee reviews all applications and makes admissions recommendations to the experimental faculty who make final decisions regarding admissions into the program. Every effort is made to evaluate each applicant individually; students who have special skills or qualifications that they feel strengthen their application are encouraged to state them.

The application deadline for the Experimental Psychology Graduate Program is December 31– there is only Fall admission.

All experimental graduate students are fully funded during their first year of study. In subsequent years, full support is provided contingent upon sufficient progress toward completion of the degree as judged by the Experimental faculty and continued availability of funding to the department. The most common forms of support are teaching and research assistantships. Other forms of support include pre-doctoral fellowships and work-study stipends within the Psychology Department and in other programs in the university. Special funding sometimes is available for qualified minorities.

The experimental psychology program welcomes applications from all students who feel they are qualified. Interested students should apply online here.