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  Area Only:  Verbal, Quantitative, Writing.  There are no GRE minimum score requirements for the Industrial-Organizational area.  Clinical, Developental  and Neural and Cognitive Sciences (NCS) areas do not require the GRE.  GRE scores will not be used in the admissions process in the Clinical, Developmental 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 believe 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 atmosphere 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

Updated: 10/20/2023 08:38AM