Department of Psychology

General Experimental Psychology

The General Experimental Program is designed to provide graduate education in the content areas of experimental psychology in order to prepare for doctoral work or for Master's level careers. The program is designed for students interested in pursuing academic careers as well as those seeking careers in applied and research settings.

Areas of Concentration

There are several areas of concentration available;

  • Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Learning/Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Personality Theory

About the Program

The core courses and seminars cover basic areas of psychology, including quantitative and research methods, learning, cognitive, physiological, social, personality, and developmental psychology. Students are required, as a capstone project, to complete a research thesis.

The program follows an apprenticeship model of graduate education and therefore draws from a range of experiences inside and outside of the classroom. There is a strong emphasis on research training, experience, and scholarship. All students are strongly encouraged to be involved in research under the direction of faculty and to participate in research labs and interest groups.

Preparation for Further Study

Doctoral programs often prefer students with the training and experience provided by the Master of Science program. Approximately half the students completing the M.S. degree enter doctoral programs throughout the country.

Faculty members and the Program Coordinator actively guide and assist students in doctoral program selection and/or job placement. Of those graduates who elected not to pursue a doctoral degree, the majority hold positions that make use of their training in psychology. These include positions at community colleges, laboratories using behavioral and physiological research methodologies, social service agencies, business, industry, and government.

Learning Environment

All graduate courses have an enrollment of 15 or fewer students, which facilitates close communication and intellectual stimulation among participants. A total of 32 graduate units is required for the Master of Science degree, and it typically takes one to two years for a student to complete the degree. Admissions are available in both Fall and Spring semesters.