Master of Arts in Cognitive and Social Processes

Credit hours: 42
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). However, the program will also prepare students to work in research settings, business, or industry. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge in institutional assessment or cultural diversity by completing program certificate in one of these areas.

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.


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.

Sample Courses

Some, but not all, of the courses listed below are required.

PSYS 616 Perception and Cognition
PSYS 617 Memory Processes & Applications
PSYS 618 Advanced Cognitive Processes
PSYS 623 Theories of Personality
PSYS 680 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYS 695 Seminar in Psychology
PSYS 697 Diversity Issues in Psychological Research 
SOPS 615 Social Cognition
SOPS 620 Group Dynamics
SOPS 640 Social Psychology of Attitudes
SOPS 660 Contemporary Social Psychology
EDPS 642 Analysis of Variance

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