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Admission applications are made to the OSU Graduate School (http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions/process) and those meeting minimum Graduate School Requirements are forwarded on to the SPS. A committee evaluates the applications and makes final admission decisions. Applicants are admitted to begin ONLY in Fall terms. The Ph.D. is not offered in an online version. The program is not designed to offer a terminal Master's degree; only applicants who intend to earn a Ph.D. should apply.
Deadline: First Friday in December; the application deadline for enrollment in Fall 2022 is December 3, 2021.
Applicant Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in experimental design and analysis, including coursework in Research Methods and Statistics. SPS requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and cumulative grade-point averages of 3.4 or higher are preferred. Particular emphasis is placed on grades in psychology courses and statistics as well as overall performance in the last two undergraduate years. Submitting GRE test scores is optional.
Other factors, including the content and difficulty level of students’ prior curriculum, breadth of experience (e.g., study abroad, courses outside psychology), and research experience (lab or applied settings, special populations, knowledge of particular research methods) receive additional consideration.
1. Include a Statement of Objectives, addressing:
2. Include a Resume/Curriculum Vitae
3. Include contact information for at least one, but no more than three people who will provide a letter of reference.
4. Academic Transcripts
5. Test Scores
6. If applicable, Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card and Financial Documentation (See Graduate School website)
Review of applications will only include the information listed above; other provided documents will not be reviewed by the SPS admissions committee.
Many students find it useful to connect with potential mentors ahead of submitting their application to ensure their research interests align and the potential mentor is accepting students. For brief descriptions of research interests of SPS mentors and links to their contact information, see Applied Cognition, Engineering Psychology, and Health Psychology concentration pages.