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Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Admissions

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Admissions Requirements

All graduate applications must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College.

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent. Coursework preferred: 18 hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of psychology at the undergraduate level, including one course in statistics and one in experimental research design.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better overall; and an average of at least 3.3 (B+) in psychology. Applicants who have completed some graduate work should have a grade-point average of at least 3.4 in that work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from psychology faculty members.
  • Personal Statement describing your special interests and professional goals. Include in your personal statement a rank-ordered list of the three faculty members with whom you most want to work.
  • Transcripts: One official transcript from each postsecondary school attended should be sent to

    Graduate College
    102 Grosvenor Hall
    1 Ohio University
    Athens, OH 45701 USA

  • Curriculum Vitae (or resume)


  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), both Verbal and Quantitative. The code for Ohio University is 1593. We strongly encourage applicants to the cognitive area or those pursuing the quantitative specialization to submit quantitative GRE scores.
  • Academic writing sample. Applicants are encouraged to submit a piece of academic writing that demonstrates both technical writing skills and ability to make logical claims and support them with evidence and references. Your writing sample could be a published paper or manuscript, a paper submitted for a course, an undergraduate honor's thesis, or a master's thesis. Writing samples that also demonstrate statistical ability are especially encouraged. The document should be uploaded as "Other Supplemental Materials" in the application system. Please contact the Director of Experimental Training if you have questions about choosing a writing statement.

International Students

  • This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program. International students whose native language is not English also must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS academic). To be considered official, test scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to Ohio University. A TOEFL-iBT of 80 or higher is recommended. The minimum IELT is 6.5 across all bands. More information on English proficiency requirements can be found on the Graduate College website.

Note re application fees: The Psychology Department does not provide partial or full fee waivers for applications to our graduate programs. However, we encourage all who apply who are members of the following organizations to consider checking them, as they are known to compensate applicants for application fees for graduate training programs: AmeriCorps, BUILD Program, COMPASS, CORO Fellows, FAF, Fleet Fellows, Gates Millenium Scholars and Alumni, GEM, IIE/Fulbright, IIPP, IMSD, IRT, JSI, Leadership Alliance, LSAMP, MARC, McNair, Mellon Mays, NSF-REU, NYC Urban Fellows, Peace Corps, PPIA, Questbridge, RISE, SINSI, Truman Fellows, U.S. Military, or Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Please read instructions carefully and fill out the application completely, including sections on prior experiences.

Make sure to follow the directions on the "U.S./Permanent Resident Graduate Application Checklist" or "International Graduate Checklist" for additional materials that should be submitted.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applying for admission in the fall semester is Dec. 1 of the previous calendar year.