Program Description

The objective of the Ph.D. in applied experimental psychology program is to develop individuals with strong applied experimental research skills for positions in academia, business, industry, health and government agencies. The program offers advanced training in psychological processes (e.g., biological, cognitive, behavioral, social, personality) and quantitative issues (e.g., statistics, experimental design, computer applications) and their use in applied settings.

The program uses a mentor system by matching students with faculty members who have interest in closely related areas.  The mentoring system allows students to develop their research skills as well as develop close interpersonal and academic relationships with faculty.  During the past academic year, our faculty published almost 30 articles and were a part of over 20 presentations—the majority of which were co-authored by students.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The program offers various opportunities for fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. In addition to the myriad of research opportunities graduate students are afforded, students are also given opportunities to teach classes and gain pedagogical experiences to help set them apart on the job market.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the applied experimental psychology program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • at least 15 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework or the equivalent;
  • competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE; and
  • three strong letters of reference.

The foundation of the program is the M.S. in experimental psychology. Students accepted into the program must complete all of the requirements of the M.S. or its equivalent. The emphasis in the third year and beyond are on advanced specialized training, including generating high quality applied research and gaining practical experience through internships.

The following additional items are required and may be sent to the Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University, Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859 or via email at

The deadline for all application materials is January 1. In addition to grades and GRE scores (subject portion not required), the admissions committee is attentive to letters of recommendation, personal statements and relevant professional experiences. 

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Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, students must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, a doctoral dissertation and oral defense are required. 

Important Notice: a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology is additionally provided to highly qualified students on campus at Central Michigan University.

Career Outlook

For More Information

Jane Ashby, Ph.D.
Director, Applied Experimental Psychology rogram
Sloan Hall 201
(989) 774-6473

Please visit our program website.

This academic program is housed within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences