Experimental Psychology (Psychology) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The issues and problems within psychology are increasingly explored through diverse theoretical and methodological lenses. Saint Louis University offers a multi-faceted, full-time Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology. Graduate students select an area of research specialization in one of our concentration areas of Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, or Social Psychology, in addition to receiving broad instruction in each of these program areas. Each concentration integrates theory and research through rigorous coursework, research activities, and professional experiences.
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|Fall: Dec. 1 (International: Dec. 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.
- A preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher
- Minimum preferred GRE total score (Verbal plus Quantitative) of 1000 (previous test version) or 300 (revised test)
- 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, attending to GRE scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, previous experience, and the fit between the applicant's research interests/career goals and program offerings. Because the program operates on an apprenticeship model, it is important that the applicant's research interests match the expertise of one or more program faculty members, as reflected in the professional goal statement.
- 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.
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 cognitive neuroscience, developmental or social psychology. | Psychology Graduate Programs
Careers Possibilities: Developmental Psychologist; Cognitive Psychologist; Neuroscientist; or Social Psychologist (i.e., conduct research in academic or applied settings; college-level teaching) | 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 Psychology Faculty: The faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and teach courses in the specialties of clinical, social, developmental, cognitive neuroscience, and industrial/organizational psychology. 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. Admitted Experimental Psychology students typically receive two years of guaranteed assistantship funding (tuition, stipend, and health care). During the remaining years, they may receive additional assistantship support, grant support, external fellowships or loans, adjunct teaching opportunities, etc.
Program Highlights: Students entering the Experimental Psychology Program without a master's degree in psychology must apply to and complete the requirements for a Master's degree (MS) in psychology at Saint Louis University before petitioning for official admission into 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 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