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The Experimental major is a flexible, multipurpose degree program. One of its major strengths is in preparing students to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. The program is also structured to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify students for specialized employment opportunities.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate mastery of data analysis techniques
  • Demonstrate mastery of experimental design
  • Demonstrate professional-level writing skill that reflects mastery of discipline knowledge, research methods, critical thinking, applications and values
  • Demonstrate professional-level mastery of oral communication skills required for scholarly presentations

Program Requirements

The experimental major requires a minimum of 40 graduate credit hours. In addition to the core courses required for all M.A. psychology students, those in the experimental major must also enroll in PSY 5343 Psychological Science and PSY 5383 Multivariate Analysis w/SPSS and complete additional course work as required by the advisory committee. Students enrolled in this major must also submit a thesis in partial fulfillment of their degree requirements.

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Master’s Thesis

The master's thesis is a research project which has the potential for publication in a psychological journal and is required by all students to complete the experimental psychology program. The student's advisory committee, with the addition of one faculty member from outside the department, will constitute the reading committee for the master's thesis. The member from outside the department, will, at the request of the student, be appointed by the graduate dean along with confirmation of the total committee.

Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Case management
  • Mental health services