The Master of Science (MS) Degree in Psychology provides advanced education in psychology and prepares students for doctoral programs in experimental psychology, clinical psychology or closely related fields such as neuroscience, cognitive science, and behavior analysis. The program also provides opportunities for clinical training in the field of applied behavior analysis in the Behavior Education Assessment and Research Center. This program provides:
- research experience in a variety of areas of psychology
- statistical and methodological training required to examine basic or applied topics in psychological science
- coverage of advanced theory across subdisciplines of psychology
In addition to coursework, students complete a capstone project, consisting of either a comprehensive written work on a topic in psychology or a fully designed and implemented experimental master's thesis.
Applying to the Program
To apply, visit the Graduate College applications page!
Applications for the program are due February 1st. Applications submitted after this day may be considered on a rolling basis depending on program capacity. Students are only admitted for the fall term. For additional information, review the admission and program requirements.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The Department of Psychological Science offers graduate teaching assistantships for a limited number of students each year. Students awarded assistantships typically teach lab sections for 100 and 200 level undergraduate psychology courses, such as PSY100 Introduction to Psychological Science. In addition to gaining valuable teaching experience, graduate assistants receive a full tuition waiver and a stipend.
New applications for the MS Program received prior to February 1st will be reviewed and given consideration for these graduate assistantships. Students must pursue a capstone experimental thesis in order to be eligible for graduate teaching assistantships and state this intention in their personal statements.
Faculty Research Interests
Faculty research interests in the Department of Psychological Science vary considerably. Faculty interests include the study of brain, cognitive, social, affective, and clinical processes in both human participants as well as animal subjects. More specific information on faculty interests can be found on the faculty bio pages by clicking here.
Prospective students interested in conducting an experimental master's thesis (one of the capstone options) are strongly encouraged to review areas of specialization and research interests of the department faculty. Students with research interests closely aligned with those of faculty members will benefit the most from shared interests.
Facilities & Equipment
Faculty members in the Department of Psychological Science have research labs with equipment for conducting research in their area of specialization. The department also contains several shared research facilities and has access to additional facilities and equipment outside the department. In addition, the department supports training and clinical services in applied behavior analysis in the Behavior Education Assessment and Research Center.
Examples of equipment include:
- Individual testing rooms for human research
- Maze and operant equipment for laboratory rats and mice
- Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) neuroimaging
- 64 channel electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Optogenetic Imaging Equipment
- Eye tracking equipment
- Equipment for psychophysiological measures such as SCR, ECG, EMG, and respiration
- Driving simulator