The Applied-Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program offers advanced training in applied-experimental psychology and applied-cognitive science to prepare individuals for career opportunities in industry, government, and universities.

A major objective is to train students to carry out original, scholarly research and to understand how basic research can be usefully applied to the solution of practical problems. The M.A./Ph.D. program strongly emphasizes research skills and the examination of research questions related to real-world practical problems. Students are given a careful grounding in statistics and research methodology in applied-experimental psychology. Courses in basic and applied-experimental psychology, human factors, and cognitive science, complete the formal academic curriculum.

Coursework is supplemented by "hands-on" research training. Within the first year, students identify a specialty related to the research interests of a program faculty member and receive research-intensive experience in that area. The Applied-Experimental Psychology program maintains close ties to other research institutions within and outside the University like Army Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Naval Research Lab, providing students with excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research experience.


  • Doctoral Comprehensive Exams
  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • M.A. Thesis
  • Research Apprenticeship


  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Statement of purpose or “personal statement”.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation, along with Recommendation Rating Form.
  • GRE General Test scores (the subject test in psychology is not required).
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