Applying – Experimental Psychology
The program employs a mentoring model under which the student works closely with a faculty member. While it is expected that one faculty member will assume responsibility for guiding the student to degree completion, under some circumstances, the student may study with multiple faculty. Some of our non-tenure-track faculty also serve as members on an experimental student’s masters, preliminary exam, and dissertation committees. The student has the freedom to switch experimental faculty advisors should interests change during the course of his/her studies.
Students typically matriculate at the WSU campus at which their primary research mentor is located (Pullman, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, or Spokane). Please note the location of potential mentors before applying to work with them. We encourage you to contact the faculty member(s) you wish to work with to ensure that they are recruiting students next fall semester.
Teaching Opportunities and Training
Number of Students Admitted
To be considered for the Experimental Program, applicants must have:
- Completed at least 18 credits in Psychology
- Earned at least a 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
For those who meet the above requirements, evaluation of the application is based on:
- Undergraduate GPA (3.0 minimum; average of admitted students is approximately 3.5)
- Graduate GPA, if any
- GRE scores
- Verbal plus Quantitative score averages around 1160
- Psychology Subject test scores are not reviewed
- Unofficial transcripts
- Letters of recommendation
- Research experience and productivity (e.g., co- or first author on campus and conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, grants, etc.)
- Teaching experience, if any
- The variety and difficulty of coursework completed, with the expectation that the student has completed a large number of upper-division courses both within and outside of the major
- Extracurricular activities and jobs related to psychology
- Demonstrated ability to function independently and responsibly
- Goodness of fit in terms of research interests, with one or more WSU Psychology faculty
The department actively recruits students from cultural groups that have been under-represented in professional psychology.
To be considered for admission to the Experimental Psychology Graduate Program, all application materials must be received by December 1st.
Interview, Admissions, Acceptance Timeline
Applications are accepted September 1 – December 1 for fall admission the following year. To be considered for admission to the Department of Psychology’s Graduate Programs, all of your completed application materials must be received by our December 1st deadline.
To apply to the Washington State University Department of Psychology, Experimental Graduate Program you must complete the Washington State University Graduate School Application Process
*Please note that your references are required to submit letters of recommendation by the December 1 deadline, so please email the link to your letter writers so they can meet the application deadline.
Also, please contact the faculty member(s) you wish to work with to ensure that they are recruiting students next fall semester.
If you have questions concerning this process, please contact Kendra Cochrane, Program Coordinator, Psychology Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make your application more competitive, your personal statement should be single spaced, no longer than 2 pages, and include the following:
- your previous research and/or clinical experiences
- your future career goals
- your reasons for wanting to attend the WSU graduate program in Psychology
- the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with and why