Psychology MS


The Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education offers the Master of Science degree in Psychology. This program prepares students for further graduate work.


The 36-hour MS program focus on courses in human cognition and research methodology, i.e. educational and experimental psychology. Most of the coursework completed for the master’s degrees may be transferred to the PhD program. The thesis option for the MS is available and encouraged, but not required.

Psychology MS

FALL SEMESTER:   ADMISSION CONSIDERATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1

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SPRING SEMESTER:  ADMISSION CONSIDERATION DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 15

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SUMMER SEMESTER:  ADMISSION CONSIDERATION DEADLINE:  MARCH 15

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Statement of Goals

1) What career will you pursue upon graduation from our program? What are your goals within this career?

2) Do you plan to complete a thesis as an option in our program? If so, please provide us with some of your research ideas. Be as specific as possible. 

3) If you plan to complete a thesis, list 1-3 of our faculty members with whom you can envision working as your research advisor.

Students can choose from the following two options, both of which are 36 semester hours:
1. Psychology MS Thesis Option (requires an empirical thesis, for 6 semester hours or
PSY 518).
2. Psychology MS Non-Thesis Option (requires 3 semester hours of PSY 595).

Psychology MS Option I Thesis


Thesis
PSY 518 Thesis (6 semester hours required) 3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement


Required Core Courses (30 semester hours)                                                

PSY 505 Intro to Educational Psychology                                                  3 
or PSY 511 Cognitive Science                                                                  
PSY 509 History & Systems of Psychology                                                 3
PSY 515 Neuro/Bio Bases of Behavior                                                      3
or PSY 545 Developmental Psychology                                                       
PSY 612 Psy Ed Statistics                                                                      3
PSY 681 Intermediate Statistics                                                              3
PSY 620 Intro to Human Cognition                                                          3
PSY 622 Research Design                                                                      3
PSY 625 Cognition & Instruction I                                                            3
or PSY 627 SOCIAL COGNITION                                                               
PSY 594 Ethical Issues in Organization                                                      3
or PSY 618 Group Dynamics                                                                    
PSY 621 Advanced Cognition                                                                  3
or PSY 675 Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology                                   
Total Hours 36

Psychology MS Option II Non-Thesis
Required Core Courses (33 semester hours)


PSY 505 Intro to Educational Psychology                                                   3
or PSY 511 Cognitive Science                                                                  
PSY 509 History & Systems of Psychology                                                 3
PSY 515 Neuro/Bio Bases of Behavior                                                      3
PSY 612 Psy Ed Statistics                                                                      3
PSY 681 Intermediate Statistics                                                              3
PSY 620 Intro to Human Cognition                                                          3
PSY 625 Cognition & Instruction I                                                            3
PSY 594 Ethical Issues in Organization                                                      3
or PSY 618 Group Dynamics                                                                    
PSY 627 SOCIAL COGNITION                                                                 3
PSY 545 Developmental Psychology                                                         3
or PSY 572 Principles of Assessment and Measurement                                  
PSY 621 Advanced Cognition                                                                  3
or PSY 675 Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology                                   
Required Research                                                                                
PSY 595 Research Literature & Techniques (3 semester hours required)            3
Total Hours 36