Master's Degrees

Programs in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive and Social Psychology

We offer two master's programs:

  • Clinical Psychology 
    This program provides training consistent with the scientist-practitioner model and includes a foundation in abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, and assessment. Students complete a 400-hour internship during their second year, and they are strongly encouraged to complete a thesis or other independent research project.
  • Cognitive and Social Processes 
    This program provides extensive training in cognitive psychology, social psychology, statistics, and research methods. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a thesis or other independent research project.

Our primary mission for both programs is to prepare students for doctoral study by offering quality instruction in the science of psychology and opportunities to conduct psychological research. Our faculty members have a variety of research interests and routinely collaborate with students. Since 2006, 73% of our clinical graduates and 92% of our cognitive/social graduates who applied to doctoral programs were admitted.

Students can choose to earn a double major in Clinical Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP) or in Cognitive and Social Processes and SEP (if also accepted to the master's program in SEP). In addition, we offer a concentration in neuropsychology for students in either the Clinical Psychology or Cognitive and Social Processes program. If you're interested in one of these options, tell us in your personal statement when you submit your application for admission.

Most of our students have graduate assistantships. More than 50% have assistantships through the Department of Psychological Science, and others have assistantships in various campus offices outside the department. Historically, more than 90% of our students who wanted an assistantship have been able to obtain one.

We do not require a psychology undergraduate degree but prefer that you have taken courses in undergraduate statistics and research methods. If you haven't, you'll need to take extra courses prior to the required courses. See the descriptions of each program for details.

Visit the Graduate School's Web site for information about housing, the community, and more.

For more information about the programs, contact Dr. Kerri Pickel, the Director of Graduate Studies.

Strengths

Our graduate students say the strengths of our programs are:

  • Thesis Support Group (to help students begin their theses) 
  • Challenging and relevant courses
  • Good camaraderie and collaboration among students
  • Knowledgeable faculty
  • Small class sizes
  • Great opportunities for research collaboration with faculty
  • Availability of graduate assistantships
  • Extensive library resources
  • Excellent quality, quantity, and variety of internship sites (Clinical Program)
  • Flexibility allows students to customize their learning experience with electives and research projects in areas such as neuropsychology, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology and law, institutional research, management, communication, sociology and more