How To Apply
Interested in attending graduate school in psychology at Wright State University?
If you are interested in applying to the Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational psychology graduate program at Wright State, here are the necessary application steps:
- Visit the School of Graduate Studies website. Click on the "Apply On-line" link where you can create an online account to apply. From the School of Graduate studies website you can also download paper copies of the application materials and mail them directly to Wright State. (Online submission is preferred)
- Once you have created an account, you may begin the application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Our program is listed under the College of Science and Mathematics, with a concentration in Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Make sure to select your interest in either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree program.
- As part of the application, you will be required to submit an essay outlining your professional goals and academic interests.
- Upon completion of the online application, you will be required to pay a $40 application fee which can be submitted online.
- Any supplemental materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores) should be sent to:
Wright State University
School of Graduate Studies
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
The admissions process is competitive. Applications will be reviewed to assess the likelihood of success in the program and potential for a career in Human Factors or Industrial/Organizational psychology. Evaluation criteria will include: cumulative grade point average, verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination scores, performance in relevant coursework, letters of recommendation, previous research experience, relevant job experience, and other information about writing, speaking, and quantitative skills.
Here are a list of materials needed to apply to the Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program. We only accept new applicants for the fall semester and all materials must be received by January 1st of the year in which you wish to begin study.
- A completed application to the School of Graduate Studies (submitted online).
- An essay outlining your professional goals and research interests. This should be a brief essay telling us what you hope to learn here and what type of career (academic, applied, or research) you want to pursue. This is also an appropriate place to describe which research areas you would like to explore and if there are any particular faculty you want to work with.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation; preferably from academic sources that can speak to your capacity for graduate study. A letter from a professional source that can provide information on your abilities and characteristics outside of an academic setting would also be appropriate. Each source must mail their letters directly to the School of Graduate Studies, or you may mail them directly if they are in individually signed and sealed envelopes.
- One (1) official transcript sent from each institution attended (except Wright State University) is required. If courses from one university/college appear on another university’s/college’s transcript, you are still required to submit an official transcript from the college where you originally completed the course work.
- One (1) official copy of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent directly from ETS. The GRE Subject test in Psychology is not required, but is recommended. Wright State's Institution code is 1179.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.
Q & A of Applying for Graduate Study
- When can I expect to hear back on the status of my application?
- Application materials are due by January 1st of each year. Acceptance offers are typically extended by mid-March, however depending on the number of applicants, offers may be extended as late as April 15th.
- What are typical GPA and GRE scores of applicants?
- The minimum required overall GRE (verbal + quantitative) score is 1000. Minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To be competitive, combined GRE scores should be above 1100. Average undergraduate GPA of accepted students is 3.5.
- How many applicants do you accept each year?
- The average number of applications we get per year (over the last 5 years) has been 64, and we admit a target number of 8 new students per year.