Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Cognitive psychology (Ph.D.)
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.)
  • Social psychology (Ph.D.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scientific literature in the student's training area.
  • Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that have the potential to lead to significant scientific contributions to the field of study.
  • Conduct quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Effectively communicate research findings orally and in writing.
  • Adhere to ethical principles and demonstrate professionalism in research and/or practice.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.5 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Sarah Kallsen
Phone: 515-294-1742
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Supplemental Application (contact
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 560
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 83
    IELTS 56
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Counseling, Cognitive, and Social Psychology - December 1st--No admissions for students seeking only the M.S. degree
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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