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Doctorate in Experimental Psychology 

The Experimental Psychology program at OSU provides cutting-edge training in a variety of sub-disciplines within psychology. Our PhD program consists of four subspecialty tracks: cognitive psychology, comparative-neurobiological psychology, developmental psychology, and social-personality psychology. Our program adopts the perspective that psychology is a broad discipline with a central focus on understanding, predicting, and enhancing individual behavior using a variety of perspectives. To accommodate this broad spectrum, we examine the biological, comparative, cognitive, developmental, social and personality factors that affect behavior. 


80 credit hours beyond bachelor's degree, including:

  • Quantitative methods, research design, and teaching practicum
  • Courses organized by experimental track (cognitive, comparative-neurobiology, developmental, or social-personality)
  • Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • Dissertation (15 credit hours)
  • Students have the option of an additional concentration in quantitative methods
  • Comprehensive exams, taken after defense of thesis and prior to dissertation proposal

OCEANOklahoma Center for Evolutionary Analysis

Our program is home to this unique inter-disciplinary training center for the study of evolutionary social sciences.


Research and Faculty


Murray Hall

Graduates of OSU’s Experimental Psychology program are successful in attaining tenure-track positions and competitive postdoctoral positions. Our program houses a shared facility for research in psychoneuroendocrinology, psychoimmunology, and related psychobiological assessment. The program is home to the Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary ANalysis (OCEAN), a unique interdisciplinary training center for the study of evolutionary social sciences.



  • Bachelor's or master's degree (psychology degree not required)
  • Completion of psychology courses strongly suggested, including introductory psychology, experimental psychology, quantitative methods in psychology, and abnormal psychology 
  • For exceptional students without these courses, contact the program director to determine whether alternative courses are sufficient. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 preferred
  • Three letters of reference
  • Due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE scores are not needed for applications this year.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample from a psychology course (experimental psychology preferred), convention, or presentation that is representative of your writing abilities

Test Scores:

  • Due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE scores are not needed for applications this year.

Application Deadline:

  • Dec. 1 (Fall admission)

Cost & Assistance

Since our graduate training programs aim at high-level professional training, we believe that every student should be provided with adequate financial support to complete the program. The department does not encourage graduate students to enroll in the program while supporting themselves with a job not associated with their academic pursuits. The department’s goal is to provide financial support for all graduate students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and traineeships. The department also helps students locate other sources to financially support their graduate training.



Assistantships and Scholarships


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