College of Arts & Sciences

Curriculum

The Department of Psychology offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Experimental Psychology. For current Seton Hall students, we also offer 3+2 dual degree programs. The program trains students in the scientific methods of psychology in preparation for entry into a Ph.D. program or for direct entry into research-intensive careers (e.g., pharmaceutical or market research, science writing, data analytics). The program offers five areas of concentration across two separate tracks for admission: 1) the MS in Experimental Psychology, which requires 36 credits of coursework and 2) the MS in Experimental Psychology-Thesis, which requires 36 credits of coursework plus completion of an empirical thesis. For both, the degree is typically completed in two years of full-time enrollment (9 credits per semester).

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

Master of Science Degree in Experimental Psychology—Thesis

This program is particularly geared towards preparing students for admission to doctoral programs in the field of psychology, including all aspects of experimental psychology (biological, social, developmental, cognitive, perception) and neuroscience, as well as scientist/practitioner programs in clinical psychology. Degree conferral requires successful completion of 12 courses (36 total credits) and successful defense of an empirical thesis project. For the thesis, students design, execute, analyze, and write up an empirical study. The project culminates with an oral defense.

Students must select a concentration:

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

Regardless of concentration, students complete the following two sets of requirements:

 
Essentials of Research Requirement (9 credits) Credits
PSYC 7200 Graduate Seminar 3
PSYC 6100 Research Design and Analysis I 3
PSYC 6200 Research Design and Analysis II 3


 
Thesis Research Requirement (9 credits) Credits
PSYC 7202 Independent Research II 3
PSYC 7203 Independent Research III 3
PSYC 8001 Thesis 3

The concentrations involve selections among sets of elective courses:

Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration Credits
Choose two of the following three courses (6 credits)
PSYC 7102 Cognition 3
PSYC 7103 Perception 3
PSYC 7106 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
Complete all of the following courses (9 credits)
PSYC 7106 Conditioning and Behavior 3
PSYC 7106 Psychopharmacology 3
PSYC 7106 Behavioral Neuroscience 3

Complete one elective course from the list of Experimental Psychology Electives below (3 credits).

Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Credits
Choose one of the following two courses (3 credits)
PSYC 7101 Conditioning and Behavior 3
PSYC 7104 Psychopharmacology 3
  Complete all of the following courses (12 credits)  
PSYC 7102 Cognition 3
PSYC 7103 Perception 3
PSYC 7105 Behavior Neuroscience 3
PSYC 7106 Cognition Neuroscience 3

Complete one elective course from the list of Experimental Psychology Electives below (3 credits).

 
Behavioral Sciences Concentration Credits
  Choose one of the following two courses (3 credits)  
PSYC 7102 Cognition 3
PSYC 7106 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
  Choose one of the following three courses (3 credits)  
CPSY 6102 Developmental 3
CPSY 6103 Abnormal 3
CPSY 7515 Social 3

Complete four elective courses from the list of Experimental Psychology Electives below (12 credits).

A maximum of 9 CPSY credits may be applied towards the degree.

Experimental Psychology Electives Credits
CPSY 6001 Tests and Measurement 3
CPSY 6102 Personality Theory 3
CPSY 6103 Developmental Psychology 3
CPSY 6105 Abnormal Psychology 3
CPSY 7515 Social Psychology 3
CPSY 8521 Foundations of Neuropsychology 3
DAVA 6010 Data Mining 3
DAVA 7000 Data Visualization 3
DAVA 8011 Intern in Visual Analytics 3
DAVA 8021 Project in Visual Analytics 3
PSYC 6211 or CPSY 6505 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification 3
PSYC 7101 Conditioning and Behavior 3
PSYC 7102 Cognition 3
PSYC 7103 Perception 3
PSYC 7104 Psychopharmacology 3
PSYC 7105 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
CPSY 6105 Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSYC 7106 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
PSYC 7214 Cognition for Visualization 3

*Students may apply either PSYC 7105 or CPSY 6105 to their degree, but not both. Choice of which one to take should be made in consultation with the student's advisor.

Master of Science Degree in Experimental Psychology

This program is particularly geared towards preparing students for direct entry into fields requiring strong data analysis and research skills. Degree conferral requires successful completion of 12 courses (36 total credits).

Students must select a concentration:

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

Concentration: Data Visualization and Analysis (DAVA)
By fulfilling this concentration, students satisfy the requirements for the DAVA certificate.

Essentials of Research Requirement (12 credits) Credits
PSYC 7200 Graduate Seminar 3
PSYC 6100 Research Design and Analysis I 3
PSYC 6200 Research Design and Analysis II 3
PSYC 7111 Independent Laboratory Research I 3


Data Visualization and Analysis Requirements (9 credits) Credits
DAVA 6010 Data Mining 3
DAVA 7000 Data Visualization 3
PSYC 7214 Cognition for Visualization* 3

*PSYC 7103 Perception may be substituted for PSYC 7214 for students admitted to the MS program with an undergraduate survey course in cognitive psychology.

Choose One Presentation Course (3 credits) Credits
COGR 6323 Presentation Graphics 3
COST 7220 Effective Presentations 3


Choose One Scientific Writing Course (3 credits) Credits
GMHS 7503 Scientific Writing 3
GMHS 7507 Scientific Inquiry 3
ENGL 6414 Scientific and Technical Writing 3


Choose One DAVA Experiential Requirement (3 credits) Credits
DAVA 8011 Intern in Visual Analytics 3
DAVA 8021 Project in Visual Analytics 3

Choose Two Electives from the Experimental Psychology Electives Listed Below (6 credits)
At least one of these electives must be a PSYC course.

Concentration: Psychological Science, General

Essentials of Research Requirement (12 credits) Credits
PSYC 7200 Graduate Seminar 3
PSYC 6100 Research Design and Analysis I 3
PSYC 6200 Research Design and Analysis II 3
PSYC 8002 Literature Review Writing 3


Research and Writing Requirement (6 credits)

Choose Option A or Option B for fulfilling this requirement:

Option A: Choose Two Research Courses Credits
PSYC 7111 Independent Laboratory Research I 3
PSYC 7112 Independent Laboratory Research II 3
PSYC 7202 Independent Research II 3
PSYC 7203 Independent Research III 3


Option B: Complete One Research Course and One Writing Course Credits
Research Course
PSYC 7111 Independent Laboratory Research I 3
PSYC 7112 Independent Laboratory Research II 3
PSYC 7202 Independent Research II 3
PSYC 7203 Independent Research III 3
Writing Courses
GMHS 7503 Scientific Writing                      3
GMHS 7507 Scientific Inquiry 3
ENGL 6414 Scientific and Technical Writing 3


Choose Six Electives from the Experimental Psychology Electives List Below (6 credits) A maximum of 9 CPSY credits may be applied towards the degree.

Experimental Psychology Core Electives (choose 18 credits) Credits
CPSY 6001 Tests and Measurement 3
CPSY 6101 Personality Theory 3
CPSY 6102 Developmental Psychology 3
CPSY 6103 Abnormal Psychology 3
CPSY 7515 Social Psychology 3
CPSY 8521 Foundations of Neuropsychology* 3
DAVA 6010 Data Mining 3
DAVA 7000 Data Visualization 3
DAVA 8011 Intern in Visual Analytics 3
DAVA 8021 Project in Visual Analytics 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
PSYC 7105 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
or CPSY 6105 Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSYC 7106 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
PSYC 7214 Cognition for Visualization 3

*Students may apply either PSYC 7105 or CPSY 6105 to their degree, but not both.  Choice of which one to take should be made in consultation with the student’s advisor.

B.A. PSYCHOLOGY/M.S. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY AND B.S. PSYCHOLOGY / M.S. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3+2) DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Psychology offers two dual degree programs: one leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Experimental Psychology and one leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Experimental Psychology. In these five-year programs, students take twelve Psychology graduate credits during their senior year (two courses in the fall and two in the spring), which count as elective credits in the corresponding undergraduate Psychology major (B.A. or B.S.). Thus, these 12 graduate credits count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Students need an additional 24 graduate credits to earn the M.S. degree. These are typically taken in the 5th year and summers: 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters and 3 elective credits in the summers before and after the fifth year. Students apply to the program in the second semester of their junior year. When applying, students must indicate whether they would like to be considered for the M.S. in Experimental Psychology or the M.S. in Experimental Psychology – Thesis, which requires the completion of an empirical master’s thesis in addition to the 36 credits of graduate coursework. Detailed requirements for completion of the M.S. degree may be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology for advising.

Dr. Kelly Goedert
Associate Professor
Psychology

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

Outcomes Link

Sign In to PirateNet