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Master of Science in Experimental Psychology Program Requirements

Department of Psychology

Experimental Psychology Program, Jubilee Hall (973) 761-9484

Experimental Psychology Program

Faculty: Buckner; Burton; Fisher (Director of Psychology Honors Program; Internship Adviser); Goedert; Hunter (Chair); Jia; Joh (Director of Graduate Studies); Levy; Lloyd; Nolan; Podchaski; Simon; Teague; Vigorito

Retired and Emeritus: Hovancik; Shannon

Program Summary 

The Department of Psychology offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Experimental Psychology. 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 M.S. 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
A. Data Visualization and Analysis Concentration
B. Psychological Science, General Concentration
M.S. in Experimental Psychology – Thesis
A. Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration
B. Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration
C. Behavioral Sciences Concentration

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for the M.S. in Experimental Psychology program is as follows:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
    Note: Applicants wishing to be considered for a graduate assistant position should submit their application by April 15th. 

General Admission for Psychology Graduate Programs

In addition to the general University requirements for graduate admission, the Department requires the following:

  • Applicants must indicate whether they are applying for the M.S. in Experimental Psychology or the M.S. in Experimental Psychology – Thesis.
  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and complete a minimum of 18 credits in psychology with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants must have completed Introduction to Psychology, Psychological Statistics, and Research Methods. Additionally, it is preferred that applicants considering a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience have taken Biological Psychology or the equivalent. 

Applicants also must submit the following materials (please note that an application will not be reviewed until all requirements have been submitted):

  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work
  • Official scores for the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

In addition to the general admission requirements for the M.S. in Experimental Psychology program, international applicants must submit the following additional materials:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. This requirement can be waived if English is the official language of an applicant’s home country. 
  • Transcript evaluation: Transcripts from institutions not accredited in the United States or Canada must be evaluated, course-by-course, by the World Education Service (WES) or another evaluation agency that is accredited by NACES.