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M.S. in Experimental Psychology

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.

We welcome your application. Please consult our Admissions Requirements for more details on whether you are eligible. If you’d like to apply to the program, go to the College of Graduate Studies website to begin.


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.

Program Outcomes

After completing this program, students will:

  • Be highly familiar with basic content areas of scientific psychology (cognition, learning, developmental, social, physiological)
    Assessment: Course grades
  • 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, 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)
  • MS Student Progress Worksheet (pdf)
  • MS Student Forms (Link to COGS)
  • Graduate Assistantships (Link to COGS)
  • GSO Travel Grants and Research Grants (Link to COGS)

Last updated: 12/10/2021