Program Description

The experimental psychology program prepares students for doctoral training in psychology and research positions in the private and public sector. As a student, you'll develop close mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and will assist with research alongside faculty members throughout the program. 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 in the program.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The program offers a variety of options for funding, including research and teaching assistantships and fellowships. In addition to the myriad 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 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 course work or the equivalent (as determined by the department);
  • competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE; and
  • three strong letters of recommendation.

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. 

Apply online at

Graduation Requirements

The Master's program requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate work. Each student is assigned to a faculty mentor who serves as the student's direct mentor/advisor. The mentor is responsible for monitoring the student's progress through the program, particularly with respect to the development of research skills. Each student is required to be actively involved in research with his or her mentor.

Important Notice: a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology is also provided to highly qualified students on campus at Central Michigan University.

Career Outlook

For More Information

Jane Ashby, Ph.D.
Experimental Program Director
Sloan Hall 201
(989) 774-7463

Please visit our program website.

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