Why earn a doctorate in general/experimental psychology?

Application Deadlines
Jan. 1

Whether you're interested in the psychological effects of aging, neuropsychology, or social interactions and relationships, the Ph.D. program at UND gives you the skills and knowledge you need to make a real contribution.

Designed for students with a particular interest in research, the Ph.D. program emphasizes both breadth and depth of experience. In addition to your general coursework, you can choose from the following areas of specialty:

  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • Applied Cognition
  • Health and Aging
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology and the Law

Whichever track you choose, you'll explore a broad spectrum of issues in the field, develop experimental and quantitative skills, and prepare to design, conduct, analyze, and disseminate research that advances the scientific study of psychology.

General/Experimental Psychology at UND

  • Work closely with experienced faculty who are experts in everything from cognitive aging to social relationship to assessment of learning problems.

  • Earn a stipend for work as a graduate teaching assistant.

  • Develop your teaching skills through the Teaching Assistantships and Instructional Skills Training Track.

  • Conduct original scholarly research and complete an empirical dissertation.

  • Due to covid-19, we have temporarily suspended the GRE scores requirement for program admissions in 2020-21. 

Psychology Ph.D. Careers  


Median salary for psychologists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Rate of employment for those who complete a Ph.D. in Psychology

American Psychological Association

A Ph.D. in General/Experimental Psychology from UND prepares you for a rewarding career as a scholar, researcher, or teacher. Graduates of the program have achieved success in positions such as:

  • Behavioral Researcher
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Research Analyst
  • Lecturer
  • Assistant Professor

And many UND graduates of the program now work at many reputable institutions and organizations, including:

  • University of Denver
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Indiana University East
  • Northrop Grumman
  • U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Courses

Knowledge to Lead

Through research and hands-on experience, UND students are learning to make an impact and change the world.