‚ÄčThe major goal of the program is to prepare students for doctoral training in psychology. In addition to preparing students for doctoral programs, the mission of the program also includes preparing students for research positions in the private and public sector. The program has been very successful, with many of its graduates completing doctoral degrees in psychology. Some of these individuals have attained national and international reputations in scientific psychology. In addition, the program has produced graduates who have become successful in other endeavors including administration, health and legal professions, and business and industry.

The faculty-student relationship is based on a mentoring system. All incoming students are required to be actively involved in research with a program faculty member throughout their program of study (typically two years). The mentoring system allows students to develop their research skills as well as develop close interpersonal and academic relationships with faculty. Finally, students are provided feedback regarding their progress in the program via evaluations by program faculty at the end of each academic year. 

Experimental MS Degree Requirements

Required Courses (14 hours)

PSY 511Statistics in Psychology
3 credit hours
PSY 609History and Systems of Psychology3 credit hours
PSY 690Research Seminar in General Psychology*1 credit hour
PSY 798Thesis (with oral defense)6 credit hours

*Taken each semester in the first year for total of a 2 credits

Required Courses I (3 hours)-Select one of the following:

PSY 611Reseach Design3 credit hours
PSY 612Applied Multiple Regression and Correlation3 credit hours
PSY 613Multivariate and Correctional Methods3 credit hours

Required Courses II (3 hours)-Select one of the following:

PSY 587Physiological Psychology3 credit hours
PSY 687Physiological Foundations3 credit hours

Required Courses III (3 hours)-Select one of the following:

PSY 589Cognitive Psychology3 credit hours
PSY 680Learning3 credit hours
PSY 681Sensation and Perception3 credit hours

Required Courses IV (3 hours)-Select one of the following:

PSY 624Advanced Developmental Psychology3 credit hours
PSY 630Advanced Social Psychology3 credit hours

Cognate Courses (0-6 hours): To be chosen in consultation with an advisor

Electives (4-10 hours): To be chosen in consultation with an advisor

Total: 30-36 credit hours (minimum hours for first and second years)