Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an undergraduate degree in Psychology to apply?
No, it is not required that you have an undergraduate degree in Psychology to apply to our graduate program. Applicants can apply with a Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S.) in any field. However, we strongly recommend that applicants have experience with conducting research in psychology. Applicants with relevant previous experience, especially, in conducting research at some level, however rudimentary, are more attractive because we can be more confident that the applicant understands both the rewards and frustrations to be encountered in his or her chosen career.
Do you have a Master’s Degree program?
No, we do not have a stand-alone Master's program. However, students in the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program may earn a Master's on the way to a Ph.D.
What are your prerequisites?
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S.) in order to apply to the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program. We also require the GRE general test. The GRE Psychology subject test is optional and may be most informative when the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree is in a field other than Psychology.
How long does the program take to complete?
Our program generally takes 4-7 years to complete with an average of about 5 years.
If I already have a Master’s degree, will the program be shorter for me?
It is not required for students to have a Master’s degree prior to applying to our program. However, it may be possible for students who enter our Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program with a Master’s degree to have some of their Master’s courses deemed equivalent to our required courses.
For more details, please see the Graduate School’s Policy on transfer credits (D2.100) for the Doctorate Degree.
What should I include in my personal statement?
Typically, your personal statement describes what motivates you to pursue a career in psychology. What theoretical issues, research problems, or application areas are your central interests? Why are these issues especially interesting and important? Include in your statement the following: description of research experience, reason for applying to our graduate program, and the name(s) of faculty members who are pursuing similar research in our department with whom you may wish to work.
Personal statements are on average 2-4 pages, double spaced (or equivalent formatting).
What is institutional/departmental code for sending my GRE/TOEFL scores?
Submit your GRE general test scores to the University of Montana Graduate School using the school code of 4489. You do not need a department code.
The GRE Psychology Subject test is optional for applicants to the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program, and may be most informative when the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree is in a field other than Psychology.
You can find more information about the GREs and sign up to take them at www.gre.org.
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is December 1st each year. We accept application once a year, for the following academic year, which begins in late August. Complete application packets received after the application date will be considered on a space available basis.
How much is tuition?
Tuition and fee information is available through UM Business Services. Please select the graduate student schedule for the appropriate year. Note that tuition and fees are listed separately for Resident (in-state) and Non-resident (out-of-state) students.
Is funding available to support my graduate training (e.g., teaching assistantships)?
For funding information, please see our Funding page.
What are typical professional positions of graduates of this program?
Over the past 5 years, all of our graduates have accepted academic positions (tenure-track faculty positions, postdocs/research fellowships, or academic administrative positions). However, graduates are also well-positioned for professional opportunities in private industry, research institutes, and government.