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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  May 22, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Experimental Psychology, M.A. (restricted to Experimental Psychology, Ph.D. students)

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The MA in Experimental Psychology is an option available for students enrolled in the Experimental Psychology, Ph.D.  who choose to take the additional steps to obtain the master’s degree concurrent with the doctoral program in Experimental Psychology. Students seeking a terminal master’s degree are not admitted to the program; instead, students admitted to the doctoral program are automatically admitted to the master’s program, if they desire that degree.

The MA curriculum is designed to provide expertise in one area of Experimental Psychology, along with advanced knowledge of several additional areas within the field. The degree is awarded upon successful completion of course work, submission of an acceptable thesis, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive, oral examination.

Learning Outcomes

  • All graduates will demonstrate fundamental knowledge of theory and research in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and developmental psychology at the level to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. 
  • All graduates will demonstrate expertise in experimental design and data analyses in their field of inquiry at a good level or above in their Master’s thesis.
  • All graduate will be able to explain and apply the ethical standards of the field of psychology as they apply to their Master’s Theses. 

Degree Requirements (30 hours)

Thirty credit hours, with at least 15 hours at the 700 level or above.

Required courses are:

  • 3 hours of Quantitative Courses


With the approval of their advisory committee, students may take one course from PHPH 752A, PHPH 752B, PHPH 752C, PHPH 752D, PHPH 752E, PHPH 752F, or PHPH 752G, instead of one of the courses from PSYC 702A, B, C, and D or PSYC 703A, B, C, and D.

15 additional hours:

Approved by the student’s advisory committee of which no more than 6 hours may be in:

Thesis and Comprehensive Examination

A research thesis is required, beginning with approval of a prospectus by the thesis committee and culminating in a defense of the written thesis. An M.A. comprehensive oral examination may be combined with the thesis defense or be conducted separately. The sequence of events and more details concerning specific aspects are in the current Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology Student Handbook, which is posted on the Web.

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