What will I learn?

The objective of the Ph.D. program in Applied Experimental Psychology is to develop individuals with strong applied experimental research skills for positions in academia, business, industry, allied health, or government agencies. The program is designed to provide advanced training in psychological processes (e.g., biological, cognitive, behavioral, social, personality), quantitative methodological procedures (e.g. statistics, experimental design, computer applications), and their utilization in an applied setting. The program provides students with special applied training, including a pre-doctoral internship. The program uses a mentor system, matching students with faculty members who have interest in closely related areas. The current areas of training include:

human factors (ergonomics, psychophysiology, and attention and perceptual processes)
behavioral medicine (with special emphasis on behavioral pediatrics, developmental disabilities, and infant sleep disorders)
applied cognitive science (with special emphasis on memory, cognitive modeling, decision making, reading and language, visual cognition)
applied social/personality psychology (social cognition, personality judgments, individual differences, attitudes forensic psychology, and cross-cultural psychology)
behavioral neuroscience (with specific emphasis on testing potential pharmacotherapy’s for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases).

Applicants to the Program are expected to have a baccalaureate degree, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and at least 15 hours of psychology. The foundation of the program is the M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology. The first two years of the program are identical to those of the M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology. Students accepted into the program must complete all of the requirements of the M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology or its equivalent. The emphasis in the third and fourth years are on advanced specialized training, including generating high quality applied research and gaining practical experience through internships.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Study options

Full Time (54 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$16,920.00 per year
Start date

29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with a Master's degree in mathematics equivalent to the M .A. degree at Central Michigan University must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their graduate work.

For international students

Students must have

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • At least 15 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework or the equivalent.

English Language Requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 500 PBT/61 IBT is required for admission with stipulations or 550 PBT/79 IBT for regular admission.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: A score of 5.5 required for admission with stipulations or 6.5 for regular admission.
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic Module: A score of 44 for admission with stipulations or 53 for regular admission.

Application Deadline: January 15 (Fall)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.