Applied Experimental Concentration Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the M.A. in Psychology must meet the requirements listed below.

Graduate students should develop their degree plans with their advisors during the first semester of graduate work. All students must complete University requirements and a planned degree program of at least 36 semester hours (sh) maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Below are the course requirements for the Applied Experimental Concentration:

Applied Experimental Course Requirements (36 sh)

Students must complete the following courses in each area.

Required Concentration Courses (18 sh)
DEP 5055 Developmental Psychology 3
EXP 6506 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3
EXP 5208 Advanced Sensation and Perception 3
PSB 5035 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
SOP 6069 Advanced Social Psychology 3
EXP 6085 Seminar in Applied Psychological Sciences 3
*Recommended Electives (6 sh)
EXP 5256 Human Factors Psychology 3
STA 5206 Analysis of Variance 3
Departmental Requirements (12 sh)
STA 5166 Special Topics in Statistics
3
PSY 6217 Research Design in Psychology
3
PSY 6917 Thesis, or Supervised Research (Terminal Research Project; TRP)
6

*Recommended electives were suggested by the AE faculty, however there are many other suitable electives that you might explore with your academic advisor.

For each semester that the student is working on the supervised research, thesis, or internship, the student must register for at least 1 sh of thesis or internship credit. A maximum of 6 sh of supervised research, thesis, or internship credit may be counted toward the total semester hour degree requirements. Students doing an internship are required to submit a portfolio and paper as described in the Department of Psychology Graduate Student Handbook. Upon completion of the thesis or internship, the student must present an oral defense to a master’s committee of at least two psychology faculty members.

The Supervised Research integrative experience is the Terminal Research Project (TeRP). This can be accomplished by students completing 6 sh of PSY 6917 Supervised Research. This option allows students to design and complete an independent empirical study under the supervision of a two member faculty supervisory committee with the committee head being a tenure track faculty member from the Department of Psychology. The terminal experience for students who choose this option will consist of three elements:

  • Completing an empirical study and having an initial defense before the TeRP committee
  • Making an oral presentation to the students and faculty of the Department and invited guests
  • Preparing a manuscript intended for publication in a refereed academic journal

With the advisor’s approval, a student may apply a maximum of 6 sh of graduate work taken at another University toward the degree. With the approval of the department chairperson, a maximum of 10 sh of transfer credit may be accepted toward the degree.

All master’s work must have been taken within six years preceding completion of the degree requirements or the student may be required to demonstrate currency, e.g., to pass an examination covering the expired course work.

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