M.S. in Experimental Psychology Program Curriculum


The Master of Science in Experimental Psychology degree program provides students with a strong academic foundation in the theories and concepts of experimental psychology. Through focused coursework and the experience of mentored independent research, students are equipped with comprehensive skills in scientific inquiry and research methodology. These skills may prepare students for admission into a doctoral program in psychology or for career opportunities that include teaching and research in industrial, government, private consulting, health care, and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

The successful M.S. in Experimental Psychology graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theories, and supportive research in the four non-clinical foundational areas of experimental psychology (biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology) and in experimental design and analysis;
  2. Apply research skills in at least one area of experimental psychology by carrying out an independent piece of research in at least one area of experimental psychology with collaboration from a faculty mentor;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write experimental reports using APA format and language of the discipline.
Curriculum Requirements

Major Requirements (36 credits)

Core Courses (12 credits)
PSYC 5100 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)
PSYC 5200 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 5300 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 5400 Social Psychology (3 credits)

Required Methodology Courses (9 credits)
PSYC 5900 Psychological Quantitative Methods I (3 credits)
PSYC 5910 Psychological Quantitative Methods II (3 credits)
PSYC 5920 Research Methods in Experimental Psychology (3 credits)

Thesis (9 credits)
PSYC 6000 Master’s Thesis (3 credits, repeatable)

Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following courses:
PSYC 5110 Sleep, Dreams, and Consciousness (3 credits)
PSYC 5120 Comparative Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 5210 Sensation and Perception (3 credits)
PSYC 5310 Seminar in Self-concept Development (3 credits)
PSYC 5320 Seminar in Gender and Development (3 credits)
PSYC 5330 Seminar in Social and Personality Development in Childhood (3 credits)
PSYC 5410 Evolutionary Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 5430 Interpersonal Perception (3 credits)
PSYC 5440 The Social Self (3 credits)
PSYC 5510 Personality and Individual Differences (3 credits)
PSYC 5520 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
PSYC 5600 History and Systems in Experimental Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 5700 Grant Writing and Getting Published (3 credits)

Graduate Course Frequency Table

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page will be published in the 2014-2015 edition of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.