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M.S. in Psychological Science (Begins Fall 2018)


The graduate program in Psychological Science offers graduate training in psychology leading to a 39-credit Master of Science degree. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop a wide variety of research skills in both experimental and non-experimental methodologies and take courses four content areas including social, cognitive, developmental, and applied psychology. The degree may serve as preparation for entry into a doctoral program or as additional training for those who plan work in applied areas of psychology with an emphasis on research.

Admission Requirements

The Psychology Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee makes admission decisions based on the following required criteria:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all undergraduate work with at least a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.
  3. Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Methods or Research Methods in Psychology.
  4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test); Psychology Subject GRE scores optional.
  5. Completed application for admission to the Master of Science Program in Psychological Science.
  6. One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  7. Three letters of recommendation.
  8. Additional application information for international students.

Application Procedures

Students may apply online or via paper application for fall admissions only.  Review of applications begin in January.


Curriculum Requirements

Degree Requirements (39 credits)

All classes are three credits except where indicated.

Statistics and Methodology Courses (12 credits)

  • PSY501 – Analysis of Variance
  • PSY503 – Correlation and Multiple Regression
  • PSY511 – Experimental Research Methods
  • PSY513 – Non-Experimental Research

Content Core Courses (12 credits)

  • PSY530 – Developmental Psychology
  • PSY560 -- Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY550 – Social/Personality Psychology
    PSY540 – Applied Psychology

Research Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • PSY558 - Seminar in Contemporary Research (3 credit course, to be taken two times)
  • PSY500 - Research Practicum (1 credit course to be taken 3 times)
  • PSY590 - Thesis (6 credits)

Comprehensive Exam (oral defense of thesis)