Wichita State’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology offers three programs of study: clinical, community and human factors psychology. Students have access to 14 state-of-the-art labs, groups and clinics, and the opportunity for faculty-student research—preparing them for future success in the workforce.

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Student majoring in psychology.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Admission the program requires:

  • Admission to the WSU Grad School
  • Three letters of reference from people acquainted with your academic background and potential
  • A brief autobiographical statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to academic and professional work in psychology
  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores

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Inside the Program

Students help create device that could detect driver drowsiness, make roads safer

Psychology students can gain real-life industry experience before graduation.

Drowsy driving injures and kills thousands of people in the United States each year. Alongside students in his Human Automation Interaction Lab, psychology professor Jibo He has taken on the task of helping change that.

Students are learning real-life industry skills as they work with He to develop a device that could alert drowsy drivers and avoid potential accidents. The hope is that this device will make the roads safer.


The Ph.D. comprises 90-to-101 credit hours and has a nine-year time limit for completion. In addition to the courses required of all students, each of the three programs have their own requirements.

Students will also complete a second-year project, post-second-year project research, qualifying examination and dissertation.


A graduate degree in psychology from Wichita State opens doors to high-paying, high-demand careers in diverse settings—from health care to human resources.

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