Course Requirements

Minimum of 72 quarter hours beyond the Bachelor's degree including the following:

Core Courses

Statistics and Methodology Courses

Research Thesis

Students must complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department.

Thesis Examination

An oral examination, in the student's field of graduate study, may be, but is not necessarily, limited to a defense of the student’s thesis.  

Degree Candidacy

For students in the MA/PhD program, advancement to doctoral candidacy is dependent upon satisfactory evaluations in each of the following three areas:  

  1. Coursework performance
  2. Master’s Thesis
  3. Doctoral Candidacy Exam or Alternative Project (i.e., Comprehensive Exam or Comprehensive Alternative Project).

Not more than four years should elapse between admission to the program and admission to doctoral candidacy. 

PSY 404

LEARNING AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES

Survey of classical and instrumental conditioning, biological constraints, attention, memory,cognition, and practical applications. Major theoretical approaches include stimulus-response, early cognitive theories and information processing theory.

PSY 557

SEMINAR IN LEARNING AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES

Seminar in current issues in cognitive psychology.

PSY 406

PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES

The functional role of neural systems important for the processes of motivation, emotion, sleep, memory, and cognition.

PSY 552

SEMINAR IN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

None

PSY 430

ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Advanced study of social psychological methodology, ethics and deception, attitudes, altruism, aggression, and interpersonal processes and attraction.

PSY 556

SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

None

PSY 439

ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Current research and theories in child development relating to the preschool child, elementary school child, and adolescent. Emphasis on cognitive, language, and social/emotional development.

PSY 410

ADVANCED STATISTICS I

Graphical methods for data display, analysis of variance, multiple comparisons, multifactor analysis of variance, randomized block, repeated measures, and related designs. Cross-listed as SOC 450.

PSY 411

ADVANCED STATISTICS II

Multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, and logistic regression.
Prerequisites:
PSY 410 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 418

MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Multivariate regression, principal component, cluster analysis and multidemensional scaling. Canonical correlation, multivariate analysis of variance, linear discriminant function analysis.
Prerequisites:
PSY 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 420

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Design and analysis of basic and applied psychological research with an emphasis on statistical software.
Prerequisites:
PSY 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 588

TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I

Consideration of topics of current interest to the faculty and advanced graduate students. Introduction to research methods and data analysis.

PSY 589

TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY II

Topics in experimental psychology.

PSY 597

MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH

Original investigation of a specific research problem. Four hours required.