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.
The Psychology Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee makes admission decisions based on the following required criteria:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- 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.
- Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Methods or Research Methods in Psychology.
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test); Psychology Subject GRE scores optional.
[Please note: satisfactory performance is defined as a combined score of 300 or higher on the quantitative and verbal portions of the GRE. However, admission decisions will be based on the review of the student's entire record and application.]
- Completed application for admission to the Master of Science Program in Psychological Science. This includes a personal statement that should provide us with information regarding three major points:
- What your long-term goals are;
- How the program will allow you to pursue them;
- How your goals are compatible with the goals of the program. Our program is a general psychology program with a focus on empirical research. Students are expected to take courses in a variety of disciplines and conduct research with faculty from different research areas.
- One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Additional application information for international students.
Applications are accepted for both fall and spring admissions. Review of applications begins February 15th (Fall) and November 1 (Spring), continuing until the cohort is filled.
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 (15 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)