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veryGraduate instruction in psychology at Bowling Green State University leads to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, offering specializations in the following areas: clinical, developmental, industrial-organizational, and the neural and cognitive sciences. Graduate students normally meet the requirements for the master's degree en route to the Ph.D.  We do not generally admit students who seek only the master's degree, unless they are enrolled in the 5-year, BA/MA (BS/MA) in Experimental Psychology.  Graduate Brochure (pdf)

If you are seeking admission to the 5-year, BA/MA (BS/MA) in Experimental Psychology click here.  If you are seeking admission to the Ph.D. degree, continue below:

Applications for the Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology are accepted for admission for the FALL term only:

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Apply to the University Graduate College
  2. Send two official transcripts from every university ever attended including PSEOP, study abroad etc. and GRE scores (VERBAL and QUANTITATIVE) to:

    Office of Admissions
    110 McFall Center
    Attn: Graduate Admissions
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0083

    BGSU Institution Code – 1069
    Psychology Department Code - 2016

  3. Apply to the Psychology Department
    https:/choose.bgsu.edu/psychology
  4. You will receive a link aftrer you have submitted your department application to upload your personal statement and an optional resume or vitae.

Your letter writers will receive an email with a link to upload their reference letters after you apply to the department.

 DEADLINES:  (All materials need to be received by the deadline)

Clinical – December 15
All other areas – January 1

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply earlier

ADMISSION STANDARDS:

  • Undergraduate Psychology courses: General Psychology
  • GRE required: Verbal, Quantitative

Although we have no minimum score requirements, median GRE scores of current students are in the 70th-80th percentile range. Median GPA is 3.70.

Students who are interested in applying to our clinical program should click here to see applicant data, internship placement data, and graduation rates for the past seven years.

Importance of nonobjective criteria: previous research activity, high; work experience, high; extracurricular activity, medium; clinically related public service, low; letters of recommendation, high.

PLACEMENT OBJECTIVES FOR GRADUATES:

The Ph.D. training program trains students to work in a variety of settings (e.g., academic centers, clinics, school systems, business or governmental organizations). In a recent survey of students who received their Ph.D. from 1995-2000, we found that 100% of these alumni obtained jobs in the field of psychology. Thirty-six percent obtained employment in the field of academia, 24% in the industrial-business sector, 14% in purely clinical positions, 14% in clinical-research settings, and 12% in purely research positions.

PROGRAM REVIEW:

Date of last review: 2002
Date of next scheduled review: 2009

HOW TO APPLY TO THE BA/MA (BS/MA) IN PSYCHOLOGY:

Junior Year (Deadline January 15th):  

  1. Apply to the Department: Application
  2. Send three letters of recommendation to:

    Graduate Secretary
    Department of Psychology
    206 Psychology Building
    822 E. Merry St.
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH  43403-0232

We prefer that your recommenders give you the letter in an envelope with their signature across the flap.  We do not use recommendation forms.

Senior Year (Deadline January 15th)

  1. Apply to the University Graduate College
  2. Send two official transcripts from any non-BGSU university attended and GRE scores (VERBAL and QUANTITATIVE) to:

    Office of Admissions
    110 McFall Center
    Attn: Graduate Admissions
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0083

    BGSU Institution Code – 1069
    Psychology Department Code - 2016

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:

Rob Carels, Graduate Coordinator, rcarels@bgsu.edu
Paula Watson, Graduate Secretary, pwatson@bgsu.edu
Phone: 419-372-2306