Nature of the Program
The department offers training in the following primary specialty areas: Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and School Psychology. The program is a doctoral program – it is not appropriate for students seeking to complete their education with a master’s degree. We do not offer degrees in Counseling Psychology or Social Work. Appropriate departments for these programs at LSU are through the College of Human Sciences and Education. If you need help determining the appropriate field of study to pursue, the American Psychological Association (APA)* provides useful information at: http://www.apa.org/topics/psychologycareer.html.
The graduate program in psychology follows the mentor model. For this reason, it is recommended that prospective students review our Faculty web pages along with this document. Each faculty member has additional information regarding his/her interests and publications listed there. This is an effective way to determine if your goals and interests match those of our faculty and our program, as well as to find examples of the research conducted here at LSU.
Dr. Emily Elliott talking with psychology undergraduate student, Mylan Eugene, at the Graduate School Fair.
Nearly all of our graduate students are funded with a stipend and tuition waiver. Funding is available to full-time graduate students through a variety of sources, including graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, externship placements, and grant-funded research positions. There are additional sources of funding for graduate students from historically underrepresented groups, such as the Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and the Board of Regents/SREB Doctoral Support Initiative to Promote Student Diversity.
More information about financial assistance can be found on LSU's website.
Instructions for Fall 2019 Graduate Applications
Please access the online application with the LSU Graduate School to apply to the Department of Psychology doctoral program. This application will include a space for you to upload your narrative statement on your educational history and also your educational goals. You do not need to include a statement of purpose. Official transcripts are not required unless given an offer of admission. It is required that a copy of your transcripts and a copy of your GRE scores are attached to your application. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Director of Graduate Studies, Alex Cohen. To receive highest priority for full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2018. Applications for Fall 2019 will be available Monday, August 20, 2018. We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019 admission.
Ninety-five percent of the students we accept have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and some also have master’s level courses and degrees. The following minimum prerequisites must be completed prior to applying to the program: Courses equivalent to LSU’s PSYC 2000 (Introduction to Psychology), PSYC 2016 (General Statistics) & PSYC 2017 (Research Methods in Psychology).
The Fall 2017 incoming class has an average undergraduate GPA of 3.55 and GRE of 310 (verbal 156 & quantitative 154). The departmental minimums for admission are a 3.0 GPA and 297 GRE.
The department takes education very seriously and expects the same from our students. We do not allow students to attend part-time and students are not allowed to hold a full-time job while enrolled in our program. Students are expected to devote full-time to their studies. All course work must be completed here in Baton Rouge, with our faculty members; no online or correspondence courses are available.
The Department of Psychology is dedicated to giving each student the education needed to be a highly functioning professional in the field of their choice. We are very proud of our program. It attracts students from around the world. Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in academia, industry and private or public practice.
LSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran's status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to its programs and activities. For more information regarding LSU's equal opportunity policy, please see Policy Statement 1.
The clinical and school disciplines are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002