Master of Science in Psychology

Students enrolled in the Clinical and Experimental Psychology doctoral programs earn a Master's of Science in Psychology as they work towards their doctorate, for course work completed along the way. This is not a stand-alone Master of Science in Psychology program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the applicant must:

  1. Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (preferred not required) during the last two years of undergraduate study.
  2. A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts with an undergraduate major in psychology or the equivalent. 
  3. Graduate Record Exam scores of the 50th percentile or higher are preferred on two of the three aptitude tests (verbal, quantitative, or analytical writing).
  4. Passing grades in undergraduate courses in research methods and statistics. 
  5. Sufficient exposure to fundamental core areas in psychology to be successful at the graduate level. 
  6. Recommendation by the Experimental or Clinical Admissions Committee of the Department of Psychology. The Clinical and Experimental Admissions Committees only admit students into the combined Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy course of study.

General Requirements

The MS in Psychology degree is earned after the successful completion of at least 36 semester credit hours of approved course work. Students deficient in area prerequisites may be required to enroll in additional course work and/or experience limitation of choices. Students admitted by the Clinical Admissions Committee must complete the Clinical Area Requirements, but may waive one Area requirement course if they passed an advanced undergraduate course (or courses) that provided broad exposure to subject matter addressed in that course. Course materials must be reviewed and approved by a content expert in the department before permission to waive a course is given. Students admitted by the Experimental Admissions Committee must complete the Experimental Area Requirements. Students admitted by either committee cannot earn more than one master’s degree in Psychology.

Required Courses
PSYC 6627Statistics and Research Design I3
PSYC 6632Statistics and Research Design II3
PSYC 6650Thesis6
Select either Clinical or Experimental Area:
Clinical Area Requirements
Core Courses (Select three of the following):9
PSYC 5531Behavioral Neuroscience I3
or PSYC 5532 Behavioral Neuroscience II
or PSYC 5537 Cognitive Neuroscience
or PSYC 5539 Social Neuroscience
PSYC 5570Advanced Topics in Learning3
PSYC 6642Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 6643Advanced Social Psychology3
PSYC 6644Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 6647Advanced Personality3
Clinical Courses10
PSYC 5512Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology2
PSYC 6620Psychodiagnostics I3
PSYC 6621Psychodiagnostics II3
PSYC 7701Clinical Psychology2
Total Minimum Hours for Clinical Students31
OR
Experimental Area Requirements
Core Area (Select four of the following):12
Behavioral Neuroscience I
Behavioral Neuroscience II
Cognitive Neuroscience
Social Neuroscience
Advanced Topics in Learning
Cognitive Psychology
Advanced Social Psychology
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Advanced Personality
Electives12
Experimental students must also complete 12 credits of elective classes. Up to six credits may be taken outside the Psychology Department. Electives should be approved by the faculty advisor.
Total Minimum Hours for Experimental Students36