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 a two-year program 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.

Because we accept 8 students each year, our class sizes are relatively small, and students easily can collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Our primary mission is to prepare students to pursue doctoral study in cognitive or social psychology or a related area. Some of our graduates obtain jobs as researchers, consultants, or professionals in business or industrial settings.

Graduate Assistantships

Many 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 and 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
  • PSYS 642, Intermediate Statistics
  • SOPS 615, Social Cognition
  • SOPS 620, Group Dynamics
  • SOPS 640, Social Psychology of Attitudes
  • SOPS 660, Contemporary Social Psychology
  • EDPS 642, Intermediate Statistics

Various advanced statistics courses are also available.