Experimental Psychology - M.A. and Ph.D. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology
144 Kent Hall
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Experimental Psychology program offers doctoral education and training in experimental psychology, with specializations in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and health psychology. The curriculum and other aspects of training offered by the Department prepare students for careers in research and teaching.
Applications for admission are accepted only from holders of a baccalaureate who aspire to the doctorate.
M.A.: Requirements for the M.A. degree are a minimum of 32 total credit hours, which include a basic core of required courses and a thesis. Additional courses are selected with the aid of an advisor. A limited number of courses outside the department may be credited toward the degree. No 50000-level psychology courses may be applied toward degree requirements for psychology majors.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Demonstrate mastery of the current theories and significant empirical findings in a major area of Experimental Psychology. Mastery includes acquiring both an understanding of these materials as well as the ability to think critically about them.
2. Teach courses in Experimental Psychology.
3. Supervise and mentor undergraduate students in both research settings and in the classroom.
4. Design, execute, analyze and report empirical studies that make a significant contribution in a major area of Experimental Psychology
M.A.: Students must complete a master’s thesis.
Ph.D.: Students who have been admitted into the doctoral program will be considered for Ph.D. candidacy after they have met all requirements for the M.A. and have passed a qualifying examination in a major area of specialization in psychology. In addition, the department reserves the right to separate from the program a student who, in the opinion of a duly constituted departmental committee, is not likely to succeed professionally despite earning acceptable grades. Proficiency in a foreign language is not a requirement for a doctoral degree in psychology.
The graduate programs in psychology are strongly research-oriented. Students are encouraged to become engaged in a variety of research projects.
Students must complete two quantitative methods courses appropriate to their areas of specialization within psychology.
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