M.A. Degree Requirements (pre Fall 2016)

Master’s Degree Requirements

(for students who entered the program prior to Fall 2016)

The department considers the master’s degree to be a legitimate terminal goal for many students; most students who earn a master’s degree in the program successfully find employment in a degree-relevant job. The master’s degree is in general experimental psychology with possible emphases in engineering psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biopsychology, or developmental psychology. The program is designed to provide graduates with the tools and knowledge necessary for further training at the doctoral level or for employment in industry or government.  Students must take a minimum of 36 credit hours with at least 15 credit hours in Psychology and at least 15 credit hours in courses numbered 500 or above. Students are also required to

  1. Complete a first year project
  2. Take three of nine core courses (history and systems, engineering, cognitive, perception, learning, biopsychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental, and social), take three required courses in quantitative skills (typically, the three courses in the Psychology department that cover basic statistics, experimental design and ANOVA, and multiple regression)
  3. Register for one credit of Research Seminar (PSY 590) each semester
  4. Complete a research thesis.
These requirements are summarized in the PSY MA_MAP.

No practical experience is required.  Also, there is no non-thesis option.

Completion time: two to three years