Experimental Psychology (Psychology) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Our mission is to educate students in the discipline of psychology and its applications. We accomplish this by integrating empirical science, theory, and practice, focused toward the understanding of the behavior and experience of individuals and groups, including the family, organizations, and institutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and ethical responsibility in our teaching, research, and practice. Our commitment to value-based, holistic education and our enthusiasm for psychology is realized in the products of our research, in our graduates, and in service to others locally, nationally, and globally. We educate students to be professionals and challenge them to be ethically responsible, to be committed to serving others, and to respect human diversity in all its forms.
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|Fall: Jan. 1 (International: Jan. 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement
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|Spring: No admittance|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.2660
|Chair: Jeffrey Gfeller, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Ruth Warner, Ph.D.
Assistantship Application Deadline: January 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Applicants with Bachelor's degrees only must apply to the M.S. degree program and will eventually petition to the Ph. D. program.
- An applicant who already has earned a Master's of Science degree in Psychology will apply to the Ph. D. degree program.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher
- Minimum GRE score total of 1000 in both Verbal and Quantitative
- A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)
Psychology Application Review Process
- Applications are reviewed by a committee of Psychology Dept. faculty members
- The committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly
- A diversified undergraduate education, including the equivalent of a psychology minor (i.e., a minimum of 18 upper-division hours in psychology, including statistics/research methods) is a requirement for applicants to Experimental Psychology graduate education at Saint Louis University.
Rankings/Honors: In its 2010 "Best Graduate Schools" edition, U.S. News and World Report recognized the SLU Psychology Graduate Education programs among other top programs in the United States. | SLU Gradute Education annual rankings announcement from 2010
Credit Hours/Coursework: To complete the program, the student must complete a minimum of 59 hours (or the equivalent for students who enroll with a master's degree in psychology, for which some credit hours may be transferred). Students entering the program with a master's degree must present course syllabi and/or other documentation from earlier courses to the current instructors of similar courses taught at Saint Louis University to negotiate transfer credits for the SLU course requirement. | Program Requirements
Program Description: This program prepares students for academic teaching and research careers in the areas of cognition-neuroscience, developmental or social psychology. | Psychology Graduate Programs
Careers Possibilities: Clinical/Health Psychologist; Industrial/Organizational Psychologist; Neuroscientist. | Graduate Education in Psychology
Curriculum & Program Details: The graduate program in Experimental Psychology includes three specializations of training (Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Social Psychology). Each concentration integrates theory and research through coursework, research activities, and professional experiences. | Concentrations in Experimental Psychology
About the Pyschology Faculty: The faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and teach courses in the specialties of clinical, social, developmental, physiological, and industrial/organizational. They conduct and publish research with graduate and undergraduate students and are known nationally for their contributions to psychology. | Psychology Faculty & Staff
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Contact Student Financial Services at SLU for more about funding your graduate education at Saint Louis University.
Program Highlights: Students entering the Experimental Psychology program without a master's degree must complete the requirements for the Master of Science Research (MS-R) degree at Saint Louis University before officially being admitted to the Ph.D. program. A terminal master's degree is not offered, so applicants to the program are expected to have admissions credentials consistent with the expectation that the student is capable of Ph.D. work. Students with a master's degree in psychology are admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Each student must comply with the general Graduate School regulations regarding the MS-R and Ph.D. degrees.
Among the prerequisites for graduate work in Experimental Psychology is a diversified undergraduate education, including the equivalent of a psychology minor (i.e., a minimum of 18 upper-division hours in psychology, including statistics/research methods). | Experimental Psychology Mission Statement