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Psychology Department
376 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8255

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Phone: (818) 677-2827
Fax: (818) 677-2829


General Experimental Psychology

GE logo with Oviatt LibraryPictures of Sierra Hall and CSUN


What is General Experimental psychology?

CSUN’s General Experimental Psychology graduate program provides rigorous training in advanced statistical methods, research methods and design, and theory in psychology for students who plan to pursue a PhD in Psychology in a research-focused program.  The program is comprised of faculty who are active researchers in their fields, and who are dedicated to training and mentoring students who plan to pursue academic and/or research careers in an array of basic and applied areas of psychology.

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What can I do with a General Experimental degree?

Recent graduates of the General Experimental Psychology Master's program have gone on to PhD programs at Claremont Graduate University, Kansas State University, Pepperdine University, Simon Fraser University, University California, Davis, University California, Irvine, University California, LA, U of Michigan University California, Riverside, University California, Santa Barbara, University California, Santa Cruz, University Nevada Reno, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Delaware, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Rochester.

Our graduate students have also gone on to employment at California State University, Dominguez Hills, California State University, Northridge, California State University, San Bernadino, Kansas State University, Moorpark College, Nova Southeastern University, University of Pittsburgh, Rand, Loyola Marymount, University of Florida, and University of Southern California

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How do I apply to the General Experimental Program?

Typically an undergraduate major in psychology (although we have had successful students from other majors) and a strong overall grade point average are required. Normally, GRE scores should be above the 50th percentile and the grade point average should be no less than 3.00 in Psychology courses and 3.00 overall. Students with lower scores on the GRE or with somewhat lower grade point averages are occasionally accepted if they can provide alternative evidence of capability to perform successfully in the General-Experimental option. Alternative evidence might include a broad background in mathematics and natural science, a linguistic or socio-cultural background which differs from that of the typical applicant, a research or professional background, or a disability that requires alternative measures of potential competence.

Non-psychology majors who would otherwise be acceptable to our program are urged to qualify themselves for admission by completing the requirements in our Graduate Handbook. Applicants whose background differs from that of the typical applicant to our program should ensure that at least two of the required three letters of recommendation are provided by faculty members from whom they took upper division courses in psychology.

Applications are due:
  • March 1st - Fall Applications
  • November 15th - Spring Applications
For More Information:

**Additional forms may be found on the Graduate Forms page.

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What is expected for the M.A.?

GE Requirement

GE Requirements

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Program Faculty

Our faculty have earned doctoral and graduate degrees (i.e., M.A., M.S., M.Ed., J.D.) from California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Northridge, Florida International University, Northwestern, Oklahoma State University, Northewestern Oklahoma State University, University of California-Davis, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Irvine, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, State University of New York at Buffalo and University of Nebraska.

Andrew Ainsworth (Program Director)
Sierra Tower
Gabriela Chavira
Stefanie Drew
Que-Lam Huynh
Sun-Mee Kang
Debbie Ma
Bradley McAuliff
Janet Oh
Mark Otten (Program Director)
Scott Plunkett
Jill Quilici
Abraham Rutchick
Carrie Saetermoe
Holli Tonyan
Erica Wohldmann
Recent Emeritus
Donald Butler
Jerry Shaw
Michele Wittig


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