Application Deadlines

The deadline for both Domestic and International applicants is January 1st for Fall term start.

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Psychology Graduate program. The GRE subject test in Psychology is not required but is recommended, especially for those not majoring in psychology. All scores must be official and received from ETS. Unofficial scores may be submitted for initial application review, however, you must also request that the Educational Testing Service send an official copy of your scores to Montana State University. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The Department of Psychology at Montana State University offers a research-oriented Ph.D. degree in Psychological Science. Psychological Science is a broad term for scientific research in the core academic areas of psychology.  These areas include cognitive, developmental, health, learning, physiological, and social psychology. Psychologists conducting psychological research work in a wide range of settings such as colleges and universities, health care facilities, federal & state government, small & large businesses, and many other places. Our program prepares students for careers in these settings.

The goal of our graduate program is to train students to think critically about theory and evidence, gain expertise in their area of specialty, understand and use statistical procedures, and to design, conduct, and publish high-quality psychological research. The psychology department at MSU does not have graduate faculty who specialize in clinical, counseling, community, or school psychology.  Moreover, we are not a practitioner-oriented program.  We are a program for students who want to conduct research and pursue research-oriented careers, academic or otherwise. Please check the application procedures to apply.