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Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Department of Psychology

Title: Applied Experimental Psychology (MS, PhD)
Est: 1998
Granted last 3 years: MS 15, PhD 9
Part-time: MS yes, PhD no
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: no
Program: The objective of the PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology is to develop individuals with strong applied experimental research skills for research positions in business, industry, applied health, government agencies, or academics. The program is designed to provide advanced training in psychological processes (e.g., biological, cognitive, behavioral) and quantitative methodological procedures (e.g., statistics, experimental design, computer applications) and their utilization in applied settings. The program uses a mentor system to provide students with specialized training. Students are matched in their first year with individual faculty members whose research specialty matches their interests. The first two years of the PhD program are the same as for the terminal MS. In addition, the PhD program will provide students with advanced applied training and includes a predoctoral internship for obtaining practical experience.
Contact: Applied Experimental Psychology Program, Central Michigan University, Department of Psychology, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859, 989/774-3001;
Catalog: available online at

Deadline: February 1
Fee: $35

GPA: 3.0
GRE: no minimum
Other: TOEFL 500, bachelor's degree, and minimum 15 hours in psychology (required) including statistics (recommended) and research methods (recommended).
Research: high
Work experience: low
Letters: high
Interview: low

Students applying last year: MS 18, PhD 19
Accepted: MS 2, PhD 5
Entered program: MS 2, PhD 5
Openings/year: MS 2, PhD 5

Resident: MS $476/credit hour, PhD $548/credit hour
Nonresident: MS $766/credit hour, PhD $850/credit hour

% receiving: 74%
Amount: PhD students receive full-time funding ? depending on their stipend ? $12949-13011 + 20 credit hours of tuition waiver. Master?s students normally receive $10631 + 20 credit hours of tuition waiver for full-time and $5316 for half-time assistantship + 10 hours of tuition waiver.
Available: TA for MS and PhD are tuition exempt; RA for MS and PhD are tuition exempt
Apply: with application

MS: 36 units, oral defense of thesis, research required, no languages or practical experience required, 2-3 years
Nonthesis option: no
PhD: 54 units beyond MS, oral defense of dissertation, MS and research experience beyond the degree is required, practical experience required (students must complete 6 credit hours of internship), no languages required, 2-3 years beyond MS

Required courses: Master of Science (M.S.) in Experimental Psychology: PSY 511 - Statistics in Psychology 3, PSY 609 - History and Systems of Psychology 3, PSY 690 - Research Seminar: Experimental Psychology 1-3, PSY 798 - Thesis 1-6. PSY 611 - Research Design 3 or PSY 612 - Applied Multiple Regression and Correlation 3 or PSY 613 - Multivariate and Correlational Methods 3. PSY 587 - Physiological Psychology 3 or PSY 687 - Physiological Foundations 3. PSY 589 - Cognitive Psychology 3 or PSY 680 - Learning 3 or PSY 681 - Sensation and Perception 3. PSY 624 - Advanced Developmental Psychology 3 or PSY 630 - Advanced Social Psychology 3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Experimental Psychology: PSY 789 - Seminar in Applied Experimental Psychology 1-9 (Spec), PSY 800 - Research in Applied Experimental Psychology 1-12 (Spec), PSY 898 - Doctoral Dissertation: Design 3-12 (Spec), PSY 899 - Doctoral Dissertation: Implementation 3-12 (Spec). A minimum of 15 credit hours from the combination of PSY 898 and PSY 899 is required. Select one of the following: PSY 990 - Internship A: Professional Services 3-6 (Spec) or PSY 991 - Internship B: Professional Services 3-6 (Spec).
Electives: To be chosen in consultation with an advisor.
Required courses outside department: 0
Recommended courses outside department: 0
Class size: 5-10

Research facilities: Computer-supported labs for perception and cognition research, psychophysiology lab and driving simulator, and an audiovisual research lab for multimedia research, auditory and visual signal processing, recording, and data collection are available. All labs are networked to the university computing facilities and to the Internet. Offices are provided for students in faculty laboratories.
Teaching: Graduate assistantships may involve supporting faculty teaching. Senior students also have opportunities to assume sole responsibility for teaching courses.
Current research: Research projects include psychophysiological measures of attention and human performance in transportation; assessment of the pedagogical efficacy of multimodal, computer-based learning programs; role of working memory in complex skill performance; cross-cultural study of risk aversiveness; age differences in prospective memory.

Active: 17 men, 13 women
First-year students: MS 2, PhD 5
Mean scores: MS: GRE 662 v, 630 q, GPA 3.09; PhD: GRE 532 v, 652 q, GPA 3.5

Richard W. Backs, PhD 1984, U. of Southern California; human factors, psychophysiology, aging, attention, emotion
Terry Beehr, PhD 1974, U. of Michigan; Occupational stress, Retirement, Organizational Psychology
Nicholas D. Cassavaugh, PhD 2007, U. of Illinois; Surface Transportation (Driving), Attention, Aging
Hajime Otani, PhD 1989, U. of Georgia; Emotion and Memory, Metacognition
Kimberly E. Prewett, PhD 2008, U. of South Florida; Job stress, interpersonal conflict, prosocial/antisocial work behavior
Matthew S. Prewett, PhD 2009, U. of South Florida; Training and assessment of teamwork competencies; personality and skill configurations for team member performance; positive and negative effects from computer-supported cooperative work

[Updated September 2012]

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