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Psychological Science

Master of Science (M.S.)


College: College of Education & Behavioral Science

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Description

The Master’s Degree in Psychological Science is a research-intensive program of specialized study designed for individuals in pursuit of advanced-level training in psychology before seeking admission to doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in psychology or related fields, or entrance into the labor force as applied researchers or community college faculty. In addition to advanced instruction in research methods and statistical analysis, students will deepen their education in several core content areas of psychological science.

We intentionally admit a small number of students to allow close research collaborations between students and faculty. Students are encouraged to conduct their own research and communicate their work through professional presentations and publications.

  • Program of Study

    Students are required to complete 36 semester hours, including the following courses:

    • PSY 5303 Research Methodology
    • PSY 5313 Applied Analysis of Psychological Research I
    • PSY 5623 Program Development, Implementation, and Analysis
    • PSY 6313 Applied Analysis of Psychological Research II
    • PSY 6633 Foundations of Organizational Psychology
    • PSY 6643 Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
    • PSY 6653 Foundations of Social Psychology
    • PSY 6663 Advanced Psychological Seminar: Topics Vary (may be repeated for credit) or electives approved by the Program Coordinator
    • PSY 680V Thesis (maximum of 6 hours)
  • FACULTY AND RESEARCH SPECIALIZATIONS

    Dr. Kris Biondolillo
    Experimental Psychology; Learning & Adaptive Behavior; Animal Learning & Behavior

    Dr. Heloisa Cursi Campos
    Learning and Cognition; Stimulus Equivalence; Procrastination; College Instruction

    Dr. Jessica Curtis
    Social Psychology; Motivation; Self-regulation; Social Influence

    Dr. Irina Khramtsova
    Mindfulness, Self-compassion; Humor; Positive Psychology; Spirituality

    Dr. Loretta McGregor
    Imposter Phenomenon; Academic Achievement; Issues related to Aging

    Dr. Amy R. Pearce
    Oral Nicotine Administration; Science Communication; Mate Preferences

    Dr. Christopher Peters
    Forensic Psychology; Jury Decision Making; Psychological Disorders; Courthouse Dogs

    Dr. David Saarnio
    Social-cognitive Development, Attitudes; Program Evaluation

    Dr. Wayne Wilkinson
    Social Psychology; Sexual Orientation; Attitudes; Religion; Psychometrics

    Dr. Karen Yanowitz
    Problem Solving; Cognition in Adults and Children; Science Learning; Stalking; Relationships

  • OUR RESEARCH FACILITIES

    Our research facilities recently underwent a complete renovation and modernization, and include many resources:

    • Computer-assisted research labs, including survey administration, subliminal stimuli presentation, reaction time tasks, biofeedback, and eye-tracking abilities.
    • Well-equipped animal behavior research laboratory and housing facility for investigation of behavior, learning and memory.
    • Access to essential research and statistical software including DirectRT, E-Prime, MediaLab, Qualtrics, and SPSS.
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or 3.25 GPA during the last 60 hours
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in their undergraduate major
    • A completed undergraduate or graduate statistics class with a minimum grade of “C”

    Although the program is intended for individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology or related fields, applicants with degrees in other areas will be considered.

  • APPLICATION PROCESS (DUE APRIL 1st EACH YEAR)

    All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School (admission requirements for international applicants):

    • A completed online application accompanied by the appropriate application fee.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended since leaving high school.
    • Written documentation of measles, mumps and rubella immunization.
    • Selective Service registration or exemption (only required of male U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 25)
    • Official GRE scores (our institutional code is 6011) 

    In addition to the admission materials required by the Graduate School, applicants should submit the following materials directly to the Program Coordinator via postal mail or as e-mail attachments: 

    • Cover letter of interest
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose describing the applicant’s reason for entering the program, previous research experience, current research interests, and professional goals
    • Current Vita
    • Application for graduate assistantship (optional)

    Following review of the application materials, selected applicants will complete an entrance interview (phone, internet video, or in person).

    All applications are due by April 1 for Fall admissions. All applicants will be notified of their admission status by May 1.