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Master's in Psychology Courses

The course requirements for the Master of Science degree in Psychology cover 38 graduate credit hours.

Students must complete 20 graduate credit hours from the following core courses:

  • PSYC 510 - Ethical and Professional Standards in Psychology; 3 Credits.
  • PSYC 511 - Conceptual and Philosophical Issues in Psychology; 3 Credits.
  • PSYC 513 - Quantitative Models in Psychology; 3 Credits.
  • PSYC 515 - Advanced Psychological Research Design; 3 Credits.
  • PSYC 597 - Directed Research in Psychology; 2 Credits.
    • Usually, one (1) credit of PSYC 597 is taken in each of the first two semesters.
  • PSYC 599 - Thesis Research and Thesis; 6 Credits.
    • May be satisfied by taking 3 credits each semester for two semesters or 6 credits in one semester.

Students must complete 9 graduate credit hours from the following extended core courses. Student must take three of the following four course options:

  • PSYC 425(G) - Principles of Physiological Psychology; 3 Credits, OR PSYC 426(G) - Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience; 3 Credit(s).
    • PSYC 425(G) is intended for students who have not previously taken a course in physiological psychology. Students with prior course experience in physiological psychology can sign up for PSYC 426(G).
  • PSYC 516 – Attention, Learning, and Memory; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 534 - Advanced Developmental Psychology; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 538 - Advanced Social Psychology; 3 Credit(s).

Students must also complete 9 graduate credit hours of elective courses. Electives can include an additional extended core course or any three of the following:

  • PSYC 512 – Advanced Cognitive Psychology; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 517 - Advanced Theories of Personality; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 530 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 533 - Advanced Psychopathology; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 535 - Introduction to Psychotherapy; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 536 - Psychological Assessment; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 590 - Seminar in Psychology; 3 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 594 - Pre-Practicum; 1 Credit(s).
  • PSYC 595 - Field Practicum; 1-4 Credit(s).

Students holding a teaching assistantship are required to register for an additional 1 credit course each semester: PSYC 591.

For more information on graduate-level psychology classes, visit the online catalog.

Students may take courses in other departments. That said, any credit received will not count towards the degree, and only a small number of undergraduate courses will be covered by graduate student financial aid. For those with a tuition waiver this can be an excellent way to pursue interests outside of Psychology to build the foundation for multidisciplinary collaboration or to support personal growth.