Prospective Students

Every Graduate 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.  

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


  1. Apply to the University Graduate College
  2. Pay the nonrefundable application fee ($45 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants)
  3. Upload scanned copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended.  Prospects who are admitted will be required to have official final transcripts submitted from each degree granting institution.
  4. Enter three letter writers contact information (they will receive an email directing them to upload a letter of recommendation for you)
  5. Submit official GRE scores (code 1069-BGSU and code 2016-Psychology)
  6. Upload a personal statement
  7. Upload a resume or vitae
  8. Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if your native language is not English                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Official transcripts and test scores are to be sent to:                                                                                                              Graduate College
    120 McFall Center
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403
    United States of America

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

  • Industrial/Organizational - December 1
  • Clinical - December 1
  • Developmental - January 1
  • Neural/Cognitive (Experimental) - January 1

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply earlier


  • 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.


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.


Date of last review: 2009
Date of next scheduled review:  2016

ETS Codes:

2016BGSU Institution Code – 1069

Psychology Department Code - 2016


Catherine Stein, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator,
Paula Watson, Graduate Secretary,
Phone: 419-372-2306