Master of Arts in Cognitive and Social Processes

Credit hours: 44 
Length of program: two years

Our master’s degree in cognitive and social processes is designed to provide extensive training in cognitive psychology, social psychology, research methods, and statistics. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for doctoral programs in Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, or a related area (e.g., I/O, quantitative, personality, psychology and law).  The program will also prepare students to work in research settings, business, or industry. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge in an area of interest by completing a program certificate.

We accept 8-10 students each year, resulting in small class sizes and many opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Graduate Assistantships

The majority of our students are funded by an assistantship, which covers most of their tuition and fees and provides a stipend.


Regarding Social Psychology 

Our MA Program in Cognitive and Social Processes differs from the MA program in Social Psychology offered in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services.  When filling out an application through the Graduate School for our program, please make sure you do not accidentally indicate the social psychology program.


Regarding Forensic Psychology

Our MA Program in Cognitive and Social Processes is not intended to prepare you for a Forensic Psychology Degree.  Although our program can prepare you for a doctoral degree in Legal Psychology or Psychology and the Law, Forensic Psychology is a unique field for which our program does not provide the necessary training.  if you are interested in training to become a Forensic Psychologist, we recommend you apply to programs uniquely suited to provide this training.  


Our graduate faculty welcome the opportunity to conduct research with students, and we recommend that all students get involved in research projects. Often our graduate assistants are assigned to work on faculty research projects, but any student can work with the professors. For more information, see the faculty research interests page.

Required Courses- 38 credits

  • PSYS 616 Perception and Cognition 
  • PSYS 617 Memory Processes
  • PSYS 618 Advanced Cognitive Processes 
  • PSYS 623Theories of Personality
  • PSYS 668 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYS 680 Research Methods in Psychology 
  • PSYS 681 Applied Methods
  • PSYS 690 Professional Development Colloquium
  • PSYS 697 Diversity Issues in Psychological Research
  • EDPS 642 Analysis of Variance
  • Two from:
    • PSYS 695 Seminar in Psychology
    • SOPS 615 Social Cognition
    • SOPS 620 Group Dynamics
    • SOPS 640 Social Psychology of Attitudes
    • SOPS 660 Contemporary Social Psychology

Electives - 6 credits

While a variety of electives are available in areas such as cognition, personality, advanced statistics, institutional research, and development, we can assist in emphasizing electives that will allow you to complete an optional certificate in an area of interest.


Contact: Dr. Stephanie Simon-Dack, Director of Graduate Studies for the Cognitive and Social Processes Program.