The graduate programs at the Department of Psychology are vibrant, impressive, diverse, and committed to the success of our students. We believe that a collaborative and collegial environment fosters high-quality research.
We are home to approximately 80 graduate students with an incredible array of interests. Here graduate students work closely with outstanding faculty and top-performing fellow graduate students. Graduates of our Ph.D. programs have gone on to excellent careers in academia, major corporations, government, and other organizations.


 From Our Alumni

"I’ve benefitted from the technical skills I learned at MSU, especially interpreting data. I learned how to think critically and consider models and frameworks for connecting the dots. I’m often told that I bring an objective, analytical, systemic, and strategic view to issues and I attribute that to my education at MSU. Being able to take in the information and honestly assess and analyze it has really helped me."

-Cori Davis, Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology 

"I loved the graduate program at MSU. I felt grateful because it is a star-studded cast of faculty that mentored me, taught my classes, and prepared me for what was next. I think a lot of how I've modeled my mentorship style, research, and project management skills are based on the things that I saw faculty doing there at Michigan State."

-Danielle King, Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology

"I do not think I fully appreciated how many opportunities I had to learn from true experts while at MSU. Now that I have been on the other side trying to recruit people for my own research team, it has become clear to me that many graduate schools do not provide a level of training in methods and statistics that even comes close to what you can get at MSU just by knocking on a few people's doors."

-Edward Witt, Ph.D. in Social and Personality

"My professors did a really great job of not just teaching us the important things we need to know from the research and textbooks, but also taking it one step further and helping us apply it in real world organizations and environments. To learn the theory and how to apply it to the real world was extremely helpful. I walked away with the understanding of why but also with the skill-set and experience to apply it."

-Jacob Bradburn, Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology

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