Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How are admission decisions made?

A: Each faculty member is involved the process, as is the Graduate School at NC State University. Individual faculty may look for different things. Some may prefer a student with a strong math background whereas other members may not weight that at all in their recommendations. On the whole, our admitted students tend to have strong GRE math and verbal scores, as well as a strong undergraduate GPA. Beyond that, there is a lot of variability in the background and materials of the students we admit.

Q: I applied last year and was not admitted; can I reapply this year?

A: Yes

How many people apply to the program, and how many are admitted?

A: We receive around 100 applications each year, and offer admission to about 10% of those.

Q: Can I visit NC State before I apply?

A: You are more than welcome to visit NCSU on your own before you have been offered admission, but we cannot guarantee that I-O Program members will be available to meet with you. Structured visits to our campus will be organized for all applicants who have been offered admission. These structured visits include meetings with faculty and current graduate students, presentations by university administrators, and tours of campus and the Raleigh area. We generally recommend that you postpone visiting until after you have been offered admission and can take advantage of our structured visit program.

Q: Do I have to take the GRE Subject test for Psychology?

A: No, the Psychology Subject test is not required for any applicant. However, applicants who did not major in psychology are strongly encouraged to take the test, in order to demonstrate basic proficiency in general psychology, which is a requirement for admission. Applicants who majored in psychology will have their basic proficiency documented by their undergraduate transcripts.

Q: Can I enter the program in the Spring semester?

A: No, new students are only enrolled in Fall semesters, with classes beginning in late August.

Q: When is the admission application deadline?

A: December 1.


Q: Can I get involved in research at NC State if I'm not currently a student?

A: Yes, if openings are available in a faculty member's research program.  Contact the individual faculty member you are interested in working with for more information.

Q: Can I take I-O Psychology graduate courses at NC State without being admitted to the program?

A: Yes, contact the Non-Degree Studies Program for more information.

Q: Do you offer a terminal/professional masters degree in IO Psychology?

A: No.

Q: Do you offer a masters degree as part of the Doctoral Program?

A: No.

Q: Are any of your graduate coures in IO Psychology offered online?

A: No.

Q: Can you complete the program on a part time basis?

A: No, the Doctoral Program is a full time residential program.