Master of Arts in Cognitive and Social Processes

Credit hours: 42
Length of program: two years

In our Cognitive and Social Processes program, you will receive extensive training in social and cognitive psychology, research methods, and statistics. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a thesis or other independent research project. Because we accept a maximum of only 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.

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 courses 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.