The Master of Science in Psychological Science is a broad based, research-oriented program intended to equip students with the critical skills and knowledge necessary for continued occupational and educational advancement in the field of psychology. The program consists of course work designed around a core curriculum of statistics, research design, substantive areas of psychology and a research based thesis. Students completing the program are qualified: to go on to further graduate work at universities offering a Ph.D. in psychology; to find employment in jobs requiring masters level expertise in applied psychology; and/or to work as evaluation research specialists in government or community agencies.
Special Notes about the Program
Applicants are not required to have been psychology majors, but it is expected they have completed at least 12 semester hours in psychology undergraduate coursework, including:
- Statistics or Research Methods
- Experimental Psychology
- Two of the following courses:
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Lifespan Development
- Social Psychology
Applicants must have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher across these courses. Applicants may file a written request to the department to consider equivalent coursework. Applicants can also satisfy course requirements by earing a satisfactory score on the appropriate College Level Exam Program (CLEP) test or on the appropriate advanced placement program test.
Applications are accepted for fall term only, and the reviewing process for applications will begin in February.
Students are encouraged to submit applications early as this is a limited-access program.
Fall Term . . . . . . . . June 1
Admits during fall term only
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
Additional program requirements:
Official transcripts from all attended institutions
GRE test scores (Institutional Code: 5490)
Prior to July 1, 2011: 400-450 verbal, 500-550 quantitative
After July 1, 2011: 150 verbal, 146 quantitative
Resume/vita - 2 pages in length
Statement of Interest (500 words maximum) that includes the following information:
Describe reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Psychology, including your career goals
Summarize research skills and any other experiences (e.g., volunteer work) that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in psychology
Identify a faculty member with whom you would like to work with, and discuss how your career goals fit with their research interest
Two letters of recommendation must be submitted from faculty and/or employers who can speak to the suitability of the applicant for graduate study and the profession of psychology
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum requirements are as follows for applicants from non-English speaking countries:
550 paper-based test, or
213 computer-based test, or
79-80 internet-based test
Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.
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Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.
Curriculum and Requirements
of the Program