Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Programs

Wright State’s undergraduate degree in psychology offers you a solid foundation in theory, research methodology, statistics, and scientific writing. There are also many opportunities for you to get involved in scientific research with our distinguished faculty members in our state-of-the-art research facilities. Our curriculum will have a special appeal if you wish to pursue a career in clinical psychology or counseling.

An undergraduate psychology degree at Wright State is not in liberal arts but in Wright State’s College of Science and Mathematics, placing it alongside other scientific disciplines (physics, biological sciences, chemistry, etc.). Pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. If interested in the B.S., choose among three concentrations: industrial/organizational psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and cognition and perception.

When you complete your undergraduate degree, you will have the opportunity to move on to highly competitive graduate school programs. We strongly recommend you consider Wright State’s M.S. and Ph.D. programs in human factors and industrial/organizational psychology. Each program enriches the other. Your undergraduate studies will include specific courses that will help you succeed in your M.S. and Ph.D. studies.

Master of Science in Psychology

If you want to explore how to improve group performance and systems through psychology, pursue a Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wright State.

Gain a greater understanding of human perception and cognition, individual, group, and organizational behavior, and how to design more effective organizations. You can take advantage of research opportunities with local entities like the Human Effectiveness Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Crew Station Evaluation Facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Our learning facilities include laboratories, audio-visual equipment, observation rooms, and 20,000 square feet in Fawcett Hall dedicated exclusively to psychology research. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State also have several agreements in place for the sharing of equipment, facilities, and personnel.


After completing your degree, you can consider career options in aerospace, healthcare, public and private sector businesses, military operations, and emergency operations.

Ph.D. Program

This M.S. program interfaces with, and is enriched by, Wright State’s undergraduate psychology program that precedes it and the Ph.D. program that follows it. Learn more about the Ph.D. program.

Our Highlights

  • Flexibility in course scheduling to gain experience in practicum or research laboratories
  • Expert advising specific to psychology
  • Study abroad opportunities specific to psychology
  • Easy access to nationally recognized faculty
  • Great preparation for graduate school or the workforce

Zara Qureshi

“I am majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I love learning about the human mind and have had a great academic experience at Wright State. I am passionate about helping others and plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in an area of psychology.”

Jasmine Spradley

“As far back as I can remember in elementary school, I was told that Wright State would be a great college for me because of its accessibility, price, and location. Because of the convenience of the tunnels and the university’s dedication to students with disabilities, I knew that adapting to the campus would be easy.”

Department News

Wright State neuroscience student wants to work in health care policy and politics

Adrian Williams, vice president of the Student Government Association, wants to be secretary of health and human services someday.
Steve Luck, PhD presenting at ERP Boot Camp 2018

Wright State hosts ERP Boot Camp

Local researchers attend to learn about Event-related potentials (ERP)

June 12 - 14, Wright State University hosted a Boot Camp on Event-related potentials (ERP). ERP is a form of electroencephalography (EEG) that is measured as a function of specific mental events – perceptual, cognitive, or motor. ERPs are a very useful tool to study human cognition.

Global reach

Wright State Army ROTC cadets take part in summer programs, internships around the world
Summer programs and internships help U.S. Army ROTC cadets hone their medical, language and cultural skills as well as to strengthen relationships among U.S. allies.

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