Course Summary

Course Description

The Psychology Department offers a full-time terminal Master of Arts in general experimental psychology.
Please note that we DO NOT offer a terminal Masters in clinical psychology (to apply for the Ph.D. in clinical psychology, see the page on clinical doctoral study.)

Terminal Masters students are admitted into a general experimental program and typically will work with a faculty member from one of our experimental areas, although clinical faculty may also supervise students' research programs. These research areas include developmental, cognitive and social psychology, as well as psychopathology and developmental psychopathology. We also have faculty qualified to direct theses in quantitative psychology and biological psychology. Students are encouraged to become familiar with research being carried on throughout the department by attending colloquia and lab meetings, and by participating in research opportunities in any lab in which facilities can be made available.

Faculty work closely with students. The primary goal of the Terminal Masters degree track is to develop competence in the core areas of psychology and their methods. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in research and have the skills and moral standards to apply the knowledge of the discipline competently and ethically in their daily lives and careers. The degree culminates in the preparation of a research thesis based on original laboratory research.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I apply to the Terminal M.A. program in General Experimental Psychology?
To apply to the masters program, you must submit all your application materials by April 20th.
Please go to the Applying page for details.

Can I begin my training in the spring semester?
No, we only admit students once per year. Entering classes begin their studies in the fall semester.

Can I work on my degree part-time or nights?
No, the Terminal Master's Program is a full-time, day program.

What are the minimum requirements for admission?
There are no specific minimum requirements. You must submit GRE scores and transcripts of all previous college and university work. Successful applicants generally have undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or above, and combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 1000 or above.

Will prior research experience help my chances of admission?
Very much so. The faculty look for evidence that you have a serious commitment to a research career in psychology, and previous research experience both demonstrates that commitment and allows us to evaluate your capabilities in a research setting.

How long does it take to complete the M.A.?
The length of the program depends on the student's progress on the thesis, but the typical duration is 2-3 years.

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