Apply to Psychology Graduate Program

Application Process Status: OPEN

OPENS: August 15th, 2018

CLOSES: December 1st, 2018

In order for your application to be considered by the Psychology Programs, you will need to submit your online applications to the University: Apply To MSU


An official transcript for all previous undergraduate and graduate work must be sent by the appropriate officials of the institutions where the work was done. Your personal copies, or reproductions of your copies, will not be accepted. The official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Department of Psychology. The address is: 

Brooke Rosek
Psychology Building
316 Physics Road, Room 240E 
East Lansing, MI 48824

Admission Procedures

The faculty and graduate students in the various fields of concentration offered in our department are organized into Graduate Programs. Admission recommendations are made by program groups. The faculty or a faculty committee from a particular program group review the credentials of all applicants indicating a primary interest in that field of concentration. Please apply to the program that is best suited to your interests. If you are interested in interdisciplinary training across two of our programs, please contact the Graduate Director for additional information. 


Each program has its own process for selection that relies on your application and may include personal interviews. You will be contacted by a faculty member in the program you are applying to if additional information and/or an interview is required. The interviews for the clinical program will be held on Monday, Feb. 4th, 2019.

Program Information

Applications are accepted only for Fall semester, which usually starts in late August. For Fall admission, applications must be submitted by DECEMBER 1 of the PREVIOUS YEAR. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for admission.

Individuals sometimes ask us to make a preliminary evaluation of their qualifications for admission. We are sorry but this is not possible. We make comparisons among all applicants each year and must have complete application files before any evaluations can be done. We believe that this web page contains sufficient information for potential applicants to decide whether or not they should apply for admission.

The focus of our six on-campus programs is the Ph.D. A M.A. is required as part of the process, but this degree is not intended to provide an entry point for professional employment in psychology. In contrast, we do offer a separate, online terminal M.A. degree in Program Evaluation (please see Program Evaluation).

Graduate degree programs in the Department of Psychology are offered only within the College of Social Science. Our affiliation with other colleges includes research and teaching links, but no degrees in psychology are available outside the College of Social Science. Descriptions of our programs appear in Academic Programs, a catalog published on-line by Michigan State University.

Most successful applicants to our on-campus Ph.D. programs are admitted with some sort of financial support. (No financial support is provided for the online M.A. in Program Evaluation.) Support sources come in five main types:

1. Teaching assistantships eligible to join the Graduate Employees Union (TA)
2. Teaching assistantships not eligible to join the Graduate Employees Union (TE)
3. Research assistantships (RA)
4. MSU fellowships (e.g., University Distinguished Fellowships, University Enrichment Fellowships)
5. External fellowships (e.g., from the National Science Foundation)

If you are offered admission to our program, you will be told whether you will be on a fellowship or some type of assistantship. We make every effort to support our graduate students during their program.