Professors: Hervé Abdi, Peter Assmann, James C.
Bartlett, T.G.R. Bower, Duane P. Buhrmester, Thomas Campbell, Sandra Bond
Chapman, Christine A. Dolloghan, W. Jay Dowling,., Richard M. Golden, John
Hart, Susan W. Jerger, Bert S. Moore, Alice O’Toole, Margaret T. Owen,
Denise C. Park, Karen J. Prager, John W. Santrock, Melanie J. Spence, Robert D.
Stillman, Hanna K. Ulatowska, Marion K. Underwood, Anne E. Van Kleeck, Deborah
Associate Professors: M. Teresa Nezworski, Pamela R. Rollins, Bart Rypma, L. Tres Thompson
Assistant Professors: Shayla C. Holub, Mandy J. Maguire, Christa McIntyre, Candice M. Mills
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychological Sciences
program provides advanced training in psychological sciences. The program is
designed for the student scholar who wishes to expand their knowledge of
psychology by engaging in advanced coursework, additional research training, and/or
applied experience in psychological sciences. The program also offers students
the opportunity to gain additional psychology training in preparation for
applying to nationally prominent doctoral programs in Clinical and Experimental
Psychology. This research-focused program requires students to work with a
research mentor from the beginning and to be actively involved in at least one
research laboratory throughout training.
Students also have the opportunity to gain additional applied experiences
through the Internship Program in the
The principal sites for the academic, applied, and research
activities of the Masters Program in Psychological Sciences include faculty
labs located on the Richardson Campus and the
The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here.
Admission to the Master of Science Program in Psychological Sciences is based on a review of the applicant’s GPA, three letters of recommendation, and narrative description of interests and career goals. Both GRE math and verbal scores are required to be considered for admission.
The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.
The M.S. in Psychological Sciences curriculum is designed to
offer opportunities for specialization in a chosen core field, breadth of
training, selection of electives that serve students’ individual goals, and
research experience. Each student will be assigned to a research mentor at the
start of the program and will maintain involvement in a research laboratory
throughout the two-year program. Students
will also have the opportunity to gain applied experience by participating in
the internship program offered by the
All students in the program are required to regularly review their degree plans with their research mentor. The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours distributed as follows. Students are required to complete 6 credit hours of major field core courses (two selected from one of the following fields: Developmental, Cognitive, Social and Personality, Neuroscience) , 6 credit hours of additional core courses (two courses from a different area than the major core), 6 credit hours of Research Methods (a two course sequence in statistics and research methods), 12 credit hours of approved advanced elective courses, and 6 credit hours of Independent Study/Research or Practical Internship courses. A grade of “B” is the required passing grade for coursework used to fulfill the core course and research methods course requirements of the degree. Independent Study/Research or Practical Internship coursework must be taken pass/fail.
Major Field Core Courses (12 SCH minimum). Students will declare a major in one of these areas and take two courses from the major area and two courses from a different area than the major core.
1. Developmental Psychology
3. Social/Personality Psychology
Research Methods (6 SCH minimum)
Advanced Electives (12 SCH minimum)
· Students will elect 4 courses from masters and doctoral offerings. Any core course (listed above) may count as an advanced elective, though it cannot count both as a core course and as an elective. Advanced Electives may include 3 or 6 hours of Research or Internship Total.
Independent Study/Research or Practical Internship (6 SCH)
will complete either a Research Project or a Practical Internship to fulfill
this requirement. The
research requirement will be fulfilled by completion of a focused research
project to be submitted and presented
in poster format. The Internship requirement will be fulfilled by
participating in applied placements through the currently existing