College of Arts & Sciences

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Thesis Track


Program Goals
 
  • Prepare students for successful admittance into PhD programs or research-intensive employment post Master’s degree.
    • Assessment: Proportion of graduates applying to PhD programs achieving admittance
    • Assessment: Proportion of graduates obtaining employment in psychology- or other research-related fields
  • Assist students in discerning which subfield of Psychological Science they wish to pursue

Learning Goals  

  • General breadth of knowledge of experimental psychology
    • Assessment: Coursework (Research Design and Analysis I and II)
  • Breadth of knowledge in a variety of data analysis techniques
    • Assessment: Coursework (Research Design and Analysis I and II)
  • Knowledge and skill in research design
    • Assessment: Coursework and completion of thesis
  • Carry out independent, novel empirical research on a specific problem in psychological science
    • Assessment: Completion of thesis
  • Development of specific data analysis skills
    • Assessment: Completion of thesis
  • Development of scientific writing skills
    • Assessment: Coursework; completion of thesis; co-authoring manuscripts to submit for publication
  • Presentation and listening skills
    • Assessment: Coursework; presentation of thesis proposal and defense; presentations at Psychology Lunch Talks, Petersheim and/or regional and national conferences; guest lectures

Non-thesis Track

Program Goals 

  • Prepare students for research-intensive employment post masters degree.
    • Assessment: Proportion of graduates obtaining employment in psychology- or other research-related fields
  • Assist students in discerning which subfield of Psychological Science they wish to pursue

Learning Goals  

  • General breadth of knowledge of experimental psychology
    • Assessment: Coursework (Research Design and Analysis I and II)
  • Breadth of knowledge in a variety of data analysis techniques
    • Assessment: Coursework (Research Design and Analysis I and II)
  • Knowledge of research methodologies
    • Assessment: Coursework and participation in independent laboratory research courses
  • Depth of knowledge of a specific problem in psychology
    • Assessment: Completion of literature review paper
  • Development of scientific writing skills
    • Assessment: Coursework; completion of literature review paper
  • Presentation and listening skills
    • Assessment: Coursework; attendance and/or presentation at Psychology Lunch Talks, Petersheim, and/or regional and national conferences

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