The MS in Psychology program is designed to give you an edge in gaining entry into a doctoral program in psychology (including Clinical or Counseling Psychology), and to provide you with the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a career immediately upon graduating.
The curriculum has an experimental (research) focus, and involves a combination of coursework and working closely with faculty on research. A student-oriented atmosphere and low student/faculty ratio offer you the opportunity to become involved in research quickly, while the diverse training of our faculty provide a wide range of study areas, including Cognition, Developmental, Health, Learning, Personality, Religion, Social, and Physiological psychology.
The program also offers an optional teaching emphasis, which involves one-on-one mentoring from dedicated teachers as well as in-class teaching experience. The teaching emphasis prepares you to teach psychology at the college level.
The mission of the Master of Science program in Psychology is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable in specific content areas of scientific psychology and skilled in conducting independent research. Through rigorous coursework and one-on-one collaborations with faculty, graduates are poised to gain entrance to a psychology (or psychology-related) doctoral program or to be employed with a position in the social sciences.
After completing this program, students will:
Be highly familiar with basic content areas of scientific psychology (cognition, learning, developmental, social, physiological) Assessment: Course grades, performance on comprehensive exams
Understand statistics and research design and be able to use and interpret appropriate statistical analyses in the context of standard empirical research paradigms Assessment: Course grades, performance on comprehensive exams, assessment of use of statistics in thesis
Students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Develop and execute an original empirical study in psychology Assessment: Quality of thesis
Gain entrance in a doctoral program in psychology Assessment: Appropriate data collected
Be able to obtain employment in the area of applied social science research Assessment: Appropriate data collected
Develop a university-level course syllabus, examination, and deliver a lecture (if students opt for the program’s teaching emphasis) Assessment: Ratings and grades on these assignments in Teaching Seminar
Files and Links
MS Student Handbook – for Incoming Classes of Fall 2019 and later (pdf)
MS Student Handbook – for Incoming Class of Fall 2018 (pdf)