Graduate Programs

The Psychology Department Offers a PhD in 4 Program Areas:

Industrial-Organizational (I-O)
Neural and Cognitive Sciences (NCS)

Our PhD Program is Research Oriented:

Students typically become involved in research early in their first year of graduate training.  Both basic and applied research are well represented within our department.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Psychology courses: General Psychology
  • GRE required for Industrial-Organizational and Developmental Areas Only:  Verbal, Quantitative, Writing.
  • There are no GRE minimum score requirements for the Industrial-Organizational and Developmental Areas.  Clinical and Neural and Cognitive Sciences (NCS) areas do not require the GRE and GRE scores will not be used in the admissions process in the Clinical or NCS areas.
  • Importance of nonobjective criteria: previous research activity, high; work experience, high; extracurricular activity, medium; clinically related experiences, medium; letters of recommendation, high.

Teaching Opportunities Abound:

A variety of teaching opportunities are available to our students that include being a teaching assistant, recitation instructor, or laboratory instructor for undergraduate or graduate courses. Opportunities are also available for selected students to be instrucor of record for undergraduate courses.

Our Department is Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

We belive that our success as professionals and individuals depends on valuing and learning from the experiences and perspectives that we all bring to the department.  We strive to maintain an atmospher of respect, inclusion, and understanding that fosters a sense of community and shared responsibility.

Our Graduates Pursue Meaningful Careers:

Students receive training and mentorship that enables them to go on to have meaningful and productive careers in research, clinical practice, consulting, industry, medical, academic, government, and public service settings.

For further information, direct your inquiry to any individual faculty member or write or email

Ms. Paula Watson, Graduate Secretary
Department of Psychology
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0228
Phone: 419-372-2306

Doctor of Philosophy degrees are awarded in four areas of psychology:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Neural & Cognitive Sciences (Experimental Psychology)

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the doctoral degree, students in Psychology are expected to be able to:

  • Achieve competencies in graduate level statistical methods.
  • Achieve competencies in graduate level psychological research methods.
  • Achieve competencies that reflect the breadth of psychology.
  • Achieve competencies in program specific/core knowledge area.
  • Acquire direct experience in teaching 
  • Acquire direct experience in mentored research  
  • Design, implement, evaluate, and summarize the results of at least two independently conceived research projects 
  • Develop professional relationships and roles outside of the classroom 
  • Acquire skills in dissemination of research findings to the scientific community 

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Developmental Psychology program, Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, and Experimental Psychology (Neural & Cognitive Sciences) program will go through Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2020/21.

Our doctoral program in clinical psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1971.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. program requires professional licensure.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Developmental Psychology program, Industrial/Organizational Psychology program and Experimental Psychology (Neural & Cognitive Sciences) program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Psychology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 06/13/2022 10:26AM