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Psychological Science

Master of Science (M.S.)

College: College of Education & Behavioral Science

Department: Psychology and Counseling


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

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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

    Dr. Jessica Curtis
    Social Psychology; Motivation; Social Influence; Daydreaming; Fandom; Sexuality

    Dr. Margaret Hance
    Experimental Psychology; Body Image, Social Media, Eating Disorders, Help-seeking; Online Dating

    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 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.

    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.


    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)

    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
    • One page document that ranks the top three faculty members with which the applicant desires to work
    • 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.