Psychology Graduate Major (MS, PhD, MAIS)
Graduate Areas of Concentration
Applied cognition, engineering psychology, health psychology
The MS and PhD program is a doctoral program with a master's degree component that is obtained en route to the PhD. The MS portion of the program assures that students have experience designing and conducting research prior to the dissertation stage. The program has a strong research component, ensuring that graduates have the tools to tackle a variety of applied problems. This entails both classwork in research methods and statistics and a continuing emphasis on student research.
The program’s general focus is on the application of psychological research methods, theories, and principles to solving practical problems. The program has three areas of concentration: applied cognition, engineering psychology, and health psychology.
Applied cognition is the application of research on thinking, learning, decision-making, perception, social judgment, and other cognitive processes to applied issues. Examples of relevant application areas include the psychology of teaching and learning, the effects of contemplative practice, and risk perception.
Engineering psychology refers to research at the intersection of psychology and technology. Relevant topics include such things as the improvement of technology, human-machine interfaces, transportation, information systems, and work and living environments (as in the Mission of Division 21 of the American Psychological Association).
Health psychology concerns the relations between psychological factors (e.g., cognition, motivation, individual and interpersonal behavior, emotion) and human wellness broadly defined (as in the mission of the APA Division 38).
Graduates of the Psychology MS, PhD program will be qualified to define, assess, analyze and evaluate problems in both the private and public sector that are behavior based. Graduates will be trained to apply the scientific method and use evidence-based information to design educational programs, work environments, management teams, information delivery systems, technology-based tools. Additionally, all graduates will be equipped to train the next generation of teachers, researchers, and practitioners in the concentration areas.
Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited institution; minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2/4.0 or graduate GPA of 3.5/4.0; GREs; TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper exam) 250 (computer exam), or 100 (internet exam); three letter of recommendation; personal statement.
The Psychology PhD program requires a minimum of 111 credits, including at least 36 credits of dissertation. The program is organized into core requirements for all students, along with additional work in a concentration area composed of electives, the nature of which is defined primarily by the student’s research focus.
The core requirements are in research methods, professional issues, and basic content in psychology. The required core curriculum provides a critical foundation in quantitative and research methods, core theory in psychological science, ethics, and professional issues.
No more than 15 credits of blanket-numbered classes, excluding dissertation, thesis, or internship credit, may be used towards the 111 credit minimum.
|ST 511||METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS||4|
|ST 512||METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS||4|
|ST 513||METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS||4|
|PSY 514||RESEARCH METHODS I||4|
|PSY 571||GRADUATE PSYCHOMETRICS||4|
|PSY 521||ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (Take 3 times)||3|
|PSY 523||ETHICS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH||1|
|Basic Content Core|
|Select three of the following:||12|
|GRADUATE BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE|
|GRADUATE SEMINAR IN COGNITION (Pending approval)|
|LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE (Pending submission and approval)|
|GRADUATE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|GRADUATE SEMINAR IN CLINICAL RESEARCH AND THEORY|
|GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY|
|Select six courses for 24 credits of the following:||24|
|FIELD EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER|
|LEARNING AND MEMORY|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDITATION (Pending submission and approval)|
|INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|ADVANCED ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY (PENDING APPROVAL)|
|GRADUATE PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (Pending approval)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (Pending submission and approval)|
Major Code: 9700