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M.S. in Experimental Psychology Admissions & Program

Admissions Requirements and Program of Study for
the Master of Science in Psychology
Georgia Southern University

New students are admitted to the program in fall semester only.

The program admits approximately 10-12 new students per year.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have:

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  2. Taken Introduction to Psychology, a Psychology Statistics course, and a Psychology Research Methods course, and completed at least two additional courses in psychology.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on undergraduate work. The average undergraduate GPA of our Fall 2021 cohort was 3.65.
  4. NOTE: Due to the current pandemic and difficulties with testing, the GRE will be OPTIONAL for applicants applying for Fall 2022 admission. You may still provide GRE scores, but you are not required to. The average total GRE scores (combined verbal and quantitative) of our Fall 2021 cohort members who submitted scores was 308.
  5. Submitted a personal statement (statement of purpose) which includes the following:
      • A description of career goals after completion of MS program
      • Reasons for applying to the experimental MS program at Georgia Southern University
      • A description of previous research experience and any relevant work experience
      • A description of three Statesboro Campus Department of Psychology faculty whose research interests are a match to you own. In your statement, explain how the research of each selected faculty matches your interests and goals. Describe the topics they study that you would be interested in as you work towards writing a thesis.
        • The following faculty have an opening in their lab for Fall 2022:
          • Developmental: Ty Boyer, Nicolette Rickert, Rebecca Ryan
          • Social/Personality: Amy Hackney, Nick Holtzman, Karen Naufel, Mike Nielsen
          • Cognitive: Larry Locker
          • Behavior and Decision Making: Jon Friedel
          • Clinical: Ryan Couillou
  6. Recommendations from three individuals who can speak of the applicant’s undergraduate academic performance, potential for graduate study, and maturity level and character. At least one letter must be from a former professor or faculty research supervisor.
  7. A current Curriculum Vitae.
  8. Optional: Submission of a writing sample of past work provides an opportunity to showcase your writing skills, tone, and style. The sample should be no longer than two double-spaced pages. Consider submitting an excerpt or passage from a research paper or writing assignment for class, a manuscript, or other relevant works.
Deadlines for Applications

Please email Dr. Amy Hackney ( when you apply so that we may track your application.

  • February 15 (Priority deadline for admission and graduate assistantships)
  • April 1 (Final application deadline).
    • The application and all required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab for the program must be received by this deadline. If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.
    • Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
Program of Study
Program Area Credit Hours
Statistics and Research Design 6
Content Courses (Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology,  Learning, Physiological Psychology,  Social Psychology,) 15
Development of Original Research 3
Elective Courses 6
Thesis 6
Total 36
Other Program Requirements
  • All students in the MS program must complete, write and orally defend a thesis.
  • The program offers an optional Teaching Emphasis, which prepares students for a career which involves teaching. In choosing this option, students will substitute PSYC 7621 – Seminar in Teaching Psychology for PSYC 7490 – Advanced Directed Study as well as meet other criteria.
  • Review the MS Student Handbook for more information on these requirements.
Program Contact

Dr. Amy Hackney

Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5749
Fax: (912) 478-0751

Last updated: 12/14/2021