|(Master of Arts Degree)|
The Experimental Research specialization of the M.A. degree prepares students for further study in experimental psychology at the doctoral level and for employment in research-related occupations. The knowledge and skills acquired in the program provide a beneficial foundation for further graduate study in such other areas as clinical psychology, law, and business.
The goal of the specialization is for students to develop skills in research design and analysis, broad knowledge of substantive areas of psychological research, and expertise in one research area. The program consists of both required and elective courses and an individual research experience that culminates in completing a master’s thesis.
Every student is expected to become involved in research when he or she begins the program and to continue this involvement during his or her course of study. Ideally, each student participates in a faculty member’s research program; after developing appropriate knowledge and skills about this domain, the student demonstrates expertise by completing a thesis (with the advice and supervision of that faculty member).
The objectives of the Experimental Research Program are to train students to use experimental and related methods to explore the underlying psychological processes that guide behavior and govern mental life, and to build skills, knowledge, and abilities in the following areas:
Completion of the Experimental Research Program should help prepare students to:
The Experimental Research Program will be recognized for its high quality training and cutting-edge research in a variety of areas of basic and applied research. Consequently, it will advance knowledge in a number of fields, train researchers, and prepare students for Ph.D. programs.
Thesis Aligned with Faculty Research Interests
Opportunities for Conference Presentations/Publications
Assistantships (Tuition Grants) Available for Research- and Teaching-Related Activities
Expert Faculty with Varied Research Interests
Program of Study
Advanced Data Analysis
Proseminar in Experimental Psychology
Learning, Memory, & Cognition
Lifespan Development: Child/Adolescent or Adulthood/Aging
Research and Thesis
Faculty Research Interests
Conor McLennan: Language perception
Eric Allard: Emotion processing and regulation
Albert Smith: Cognitive aspects of survey methodology; word perception.
Kenneth Vail: Social psychology, existential motivation