(Master of Arts Degree) The Experimental Research specialization of the M.A. degree prepares students for further study at the doctoral level, or employment in research-related occupations. In addition, knowledge and skills acquired in the program provide a beneficial foundation for further graduate study in other areas, including 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).
- 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
Each student’s specific program of study is determined in consultation with a faculty mentor to ensure that educational experiences are well-suited to the student’s goals. In general, the Experimental Research specialization requires 40 semester credit hours of coursework and research experience. Courses (required and elective) include:
- Univariate Statistics and Research Methodology
Advanced Data Analysis
Proseminar in Experimental Psychology
Learning, Memory, & Cognition
Lifespan Development: Child/Adolescent or Adulthood/Aging
Research and Thesis
Faculty Research Interests
- Cognition (perception, attention, memory, and decision-making)
Accuracy of survey self-reports
Control of action
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