College of Arts & Sciences

Graduate Program Overview

Benefits of a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology
Experimental Psychology

The Department of Psychology The Department of Psychology offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Experimental Psychology. The program is designed for students seeking to gain a solid foundation in empirical research for eventual entry into Ph.D. programs in scientific psychology or for direct entry into research-intensives jobs. Students completing this program are in a better position to apply for admission to doctoral programs in the field, including experimental psychology and neuroscience as well as doctoral degrees in scientist/practitioner programs in clinical psychology. Graduates may also go on to related areas of employment as laboratory managers, data analysts, market researchers, science writers, or community college instructors.

Why Choose Seton Hall’s MS in Experimental Psychology?

  • Individualized one-on-one research training and mentoring.
  • State-of-the-art research facilities, including animal and eye-tracking laboratories.
  • Faculty expertise in behavioral neuroscience, developmental, cognitive, social, and clinical psychology. Click here for more information on faculty research.
  • The Psychology Department partners with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to offer an optional specialist certificate in Data Visualization and Analysis.

The program offers five areas of concentration across two separate tracks for admission: 1) the MS in Experimental Psychology and 2) the MS in Experimental Psychology -Thesis, which requires coursework plus completion of an empirical thesis.

M.S. in Experimental Psychology

  1. Data Visualization and Analysis Concentration
  2. Psychological Science, General Concentration

M.S. in Experimental Psychology-Thesis

  1. Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration
  2. Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration
  3. Behavioral Sciences Concentration

All students complete 36 hours of coursework, or 3 classes per semester, for two years. We have a small number of graduate students who work one on one with faculty. All students begin working with a faculty member by the end of their first semester. Students pursuing a thesis degree develop a thesis proposal in their second semester, and collect data and defend their thesis by the end of their second year.  Students pursuing the non-thesis degree work in one or more faculty laboratories as part of their research coursework, developing skills in data collection, data management and analysis. This work culminates either in a literature review or data visualization project at the end of their second year. The non-thesis option with the Data Visualization and Analysis concentration leads to conferral of the MS, plus the specialist certificate in Data Visualization and Analysis.

Click here to check out the research of recent program Graduates

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Dr. Kelly Goedert
Associate Professor
Psychology

(973) 275-2703
kelly.goedert@shu.edu

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