College of Arts & Sciences

Master of Science Degree in Experimental Psychology—Thesis Track

12 courses (36 total credits)

A. Psychological Science, General (without a concentration) Students must consult with adviser for guidance on elective course selections.
  • Two General Experimental Required Courses
  • Four semesters of Independent Research (Includes a Research Thesis) Six Core Courses

B. Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) Concentration
  • Two General Experimental Required Courses
  • Four Semesters of Independent Research (Includes a Research Thesis)
  • Six Required Core Electives (indicated with * below)


Experimental Psychology General Requirements and Credits
Credits
PSYC 6100
Research Design and Analysis I 3
PSYC 6200
Research Design and Analysis II 3
PSYC 7201
Independent Research I
3
PSYC 7202
Independent Research II
3
PSYC 7203
Independent Research III
3
PSYC 8001
Thesis 3



Experimental Psychology Core Courses (* required for concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience) Credits
CPSY 6001 Tests and Measurement 3
CPSY 6102 Developmental Psychology 3
CPSY 6103 Abnormal Psychology 3
CPSY 6105 Biological Basis of Behavior* 3
CPSY 7515 Social Psychology 3
CPSY 8521
Foundations of Neuropsychology* 3
PSYC 6211 or CPSY 6505
Principles of Learning and Behavior or Modification 3
PSYC 7101
Conditioning and Behavior* 3
PSYC 7102
Cognition* 3
PSYC 7103
Perception* 3
PSYC 7104
Psychopharmacology* 3

Note: Students must attend to any/all prerequisite requirements for each class, and should discuss concerns with the Director of Graduate Studies as soon as possible to avoid delays in coursework completion.
Also note: During a given semester, special topics PSYC courses may be offered, some of which may fulfill the BNS core electives requirement.

Master of Science Degree in Experimental Psychology - Non-Thesis Track

12 courses (36 total credits)

A. Psychological Science, General (without a concentration)
Students must consult with adviser for guidance on elective course selections.
  • Two General Experimental Required Courses
  • One Scientific Writing Course
  • Three Psychological Literature Review Writing Courses
  • Six Core Courses

B. Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) Concentration
  • Two General Experimental Required Courses
  • One Scientific Writing Course
  • Three Psychological Literature Review Writing Courses
  • Six Required Core Electives (indicated with * below)

  Experimental Psychology General Requirements and Credits
Credits
PSYC 6100
Research Design and Analysis I 3
PSYC 6200
Research Design and Analysis II 3



Scientific Writing Courses (choose ONE)
Credits
GMHS 7503
Scientific Writing
3
GMHS 7507
Scientific Inquiry
3
ENGL 6414 Scientific and Technical Writing
3


  Psychological Literature Review Writing Courses
Credits
PSYC 7111
Independent Laboratory Research I
3
PSYC 7112
Independent Laboratory Research II
3
PSYC 8002
Literature Review Writing
3



Experimental Psychology Core Electives (choose 18 credits)
Credits
CPSY 6001 Tests and Measurement 3
CPSY 6102 Developmental Psychology 3
CPSY 6103 Abnormal Psychology 3
CPSY 6105 Biological Basis of Behavior* 3
CPSY 7515 Social Psychology 3
CPSY 8521
Foundations of Neuropsychology* 3
PSYC 6211 or CPSY 6505
Principles of Learning and Behavior or Modification 3
PSYC 7101
Conditioning and Behavior* 3
PSYC 7102
Cognition* 3
PSYC 7103
Perception* 3
PSYC 7104
Psychopharmacology* 3

Note: Students must attend to any/all prerequisite requirements for each class, and should discuss concerns with the Director of Graduate Studies as soon as possible to avoid delays in coursework completion.
Also note: During a given semester, special topics PSYC courses may be offered, some of which may fulfill the BNS core electives requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.) + Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)


The Department of Psychology offers a dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.) and a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.). This five-year program permits undergraduate students to take two required 3-credit courses (Research Design and Analysis I, Independent Research I) and two 3-credit electives from the graduate program in the Experimental Psychology curriculum during their senior year. The 12 graduate credits earned would count toward the completion of the bachelor's degree. Students will take 24 graduate credits in the 5th year and summers, preferably 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters and 3 elective credits in the summers before and after the fifth year. Satisfactory performance in these remaining 24 credits of graduate-level coursework as well as an empirical thesis project completed in the 5th year would earn students an M.S. degree in Experimental Psychology.

As part of the coursework in the M.S. Experimental Psychology program, students have the option of focusing their electives on a Behavioral Neuroscience or a Psychological Science (general) concentration. The Behavioral Neuroscience concentration requires courses and research experiences that are most directly relevant to behavioral studies of brain functioning.

Either track in Experimental Psychology would well prepare students for a broad range of career possibilities. The program is designed to train students in the scientific methods of psychology in preparation for involvement in basic research and teaching, as well as for work in applied settings (e.g. clinical psychology or industrial/organizational psychology). The M.S. degree program is designed specifically for students seeking to gain a solid foundation in empirical research for eventual entry into doctoral programs in scientist/practitioner programs in clinical or counseling psychology, as well as doctoral programs in a number of experimental science fields such as cognitive, developmental, social, or biological psychology and neuroscience. Graduates may also go on to related areas of employment such as laboratory assistants, market researchers, science writers and community college teaching.

Students may apply for the B.A./M.S. option during their junior year (second semester). For more information please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology.
Requirements for Program Admission:

  • Have senior status (90 credits) by the time courses begin (apply in the second semester of junior year)
  • Submit College of Arts and Sciences graduate application (available online)
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; Psychology GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Letter of recommendation from major adviser
  • Personal Statement

Note: The GRE is waived for psychology majors applying to this program.

For more information on the Dual degree program, admission requirements and curriculum »

Dr. Kelly Goedert
Associate Professor
Psychology

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

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