Master of Science in Psychology: Behavioral and Brain Sciences Emphasis

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The Master of Science program in psychology includes a core curriculum designed to provide students with knowledge of current theories, principles, and methods of experimental psychology. For full-time students, two years are generally required to complete masters work. While an occasional graduate course is offered at night, it is not possible to complete degree requirements attending only evening classes.

Students in this program will take courses that are designed to provide more extensive information in research design as well as theoretical background related to the student's thesis research. Sub-specialties may include, but are not limited to, Comparative Psychology, Cognitive-Neuroscience, Cognition, Developmental Psychology & Lifespan, Health, Perception, Personality, Social Psychology, and Psycholinguistics. This training will provide students the critical background knowledge to be successful at research or to pursue a doctorate in their chosen area.

Please see the Behavior and Brain Sciences Student Manual for detailed information.

Entrance Requirements

The requirements for regular admission are as follows:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all undergraduate course work (A=4.0).
  3. Completion of at least 21 semester hours of psychology courses on the undergraduate level including at least one course in statistics and one in experimental methods.
  4. Summed score of 300 or better (1000 or better based on previous scores) on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examination.
  5. Submission of a score on the GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended, especially for applicants for graduate assistantships.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission if space is available. See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Please see the Facilities and Application Procedures for more information.