Sep 26, 2023  
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychological Science, M.S.

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The Master of Science in psychological science degree is a two-year program designed to provide 1) advanced general knowledge of the field, 2) specialized knowledge of subfields, and 3) opportunities to develop appropriate research skills. By providing three separate tracks, the program is flexible enough for students to design a course of study appropriate for their specific needs. Students must declare their commitment to a track by the beginning of their second year.

  1. The Research Track is appropriate for those students seeking degrees beyond the master’s level. This track allows students to specialize in a subarea of psychology via elective selection and a required thesis (Thesis I  and Thesis II  ).
  2. The Applied Track is appropriate for graduates who are trying to secure employment in industry, government, or non-profits immediately after graduation. Students have opportunities to take courses with more applied emphases (e.g., Human Factors, Cognitive Science) and have two semesters of real-world experience (Field Experience I  and Field Experience II ) in industry settings.
  3. The General/Reading Track is designed to meet the needs of those seeking to continue education or advance in their current place of employment. Students will take basic required scientific courses, fulfill cluster requirements, and take additional coursework to broaden their scope. Their competence will be demonstrated by passing a comprehensive exam.

To be considered for the M.S. in psychological science program, the following minimum requirements must be met. An applicant must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have a minimum 2.75 quality point average
  • Have a minimum of six credit hours, successfully completed, in psychology
  • Have at least one course, successfully completed, in statistics

While admission is on a rolling basis, students begin the program of study during the fall semester only.

Degree Requirements

A total of 30 semester hour credits of graduate work is required for the master of science degree. Please note: 400-level courses MAY NOT be taken for graduate credit within this program.


PSY 500  has a residency requirement – it must be taken from the Department of Psychology

II. Core Courses (12 crs.)

(Choose one from each of the following four areas)

IV. Additional Program Requirements


Students completing Thesis I must also complete Thesis II to be awarded credit for Thesis I.

General/Reading Track (12 total crs. of electives)

  • PSY - 6 credits of electives
  • Comprehensive Exam


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