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    Program Director
    Dennis Anderson, M. S.
    151A Martin Hall


    Admission Requirements/Preparation

    All application materials must be received by February 15th  (if February 15th falls on a weekend the applications are due the following Monday)  for consideration of admission for a fall start. Applicants should meet the following requirements and provide the supplemental documents listed below.

    Students should have a bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent. Ordinarily, the applicant's transcript must show evidence of courses in the following areas: scientific principles of psychology, inferential statistics, learning and personality theory, abnormal psychology, life span development, physiological psychology, history and systems in psychology and general/experimental psychology. Accepted applicants whose transcripts are lacking some areas of proficiency may be asked to complete appropriate courses prior to full acceptance to the program. Moreover, students applying for an MS in Psychology who do not have a history and systems course at the undergraduate level will be expected to add PSYC 490, Senior Capstone: The Tradition of Psychology, to their graduate program of study.

    Students accepted will be notified of a general information meeting held during the week preceding the beginning of their first quarter, to provide orientation to institutional and departmental procedures and to provide information about registration.

    Students admitted to the MS Psychology Program must complete a WSP background check.

    Frequently Asked Questions


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    Student Learning Outcomes

    Students will:

    Master's level graduate study in psychology provides the student with advanced preparation for entering doctoral-level programs in many areas of psychology including, clinical, cognitive, social, and neuropsychology. This program does not lead to licensure at the MS level, but does prepare students for appropriate master's-level positions.

    What will I study?

    The Master of Science in Psychology is intended to prepare students to pursue further graduate study in the clinical or experimental areas. A set of core classes provides students in the program with foundational knowledge in the discipline that includes methods classes that impart research and data analysis skills.

    Obtaining a Master of Science in psychology ordinarily takes two years, including summer quarter following the first year. In addition to the core courses, students in this program design coursework and research experience in consultation with a faculty advisor to match the interest of the students with the expertise of the department faculty.

    Course Requirements
    All students in the program are required to take the following set of core courses:
    *PSYC 503 Pro-seminar: Scientific Methods (4)
    *PSYC 522 Advanced Statistics (5)
    *PSYC 534 Human Neuropsychology (4)
    *PSYC 537 Advanced Psychopathology (4)
    *PSYC 538 Research Topics (1)
    *PSYC 539 Seminar in Special Topics (2) (total)
    PSYC 600 Thesis (minimum) (6)
    or PSYC 601 Research Report (6)
    PSYC 694 Practicum (16)
    Total core credits 42 credits

    Students must successfully complete the courses, excluding thesis/research report and practicum, during the first three quarters of enrollment in order to continue in the program without a significant delay or required remediation plan during the second year of study. Elective courses may be added to a student's program of study upon agreement with the program director.

    The concentration in general/experimental psychology is designed to prepare students to enter doctoral programs, research, and/or teaching in psychology. Methodology and both basic and applied research are emphasized. Curricula plans, in addition to the 42 credit hours of core courses, should include a minimum of 26 credits of elective courses approved by the Director and in accord with the elective courses guidelines shown below. Students particularly interested in acquiring college-level instruction skills should consider courses from the College of Education and Human Development.

    Elective Courses
    Additional graduate courses are offered within the department and may be taken by students in any program of study. Moreover, with the appropriate program director's approval, the following type of courses may be taken as part of the student's graduate program of study:

    Total core credits 42 credits
    Total concentration credits 26 credits
    Minimum total credits for master's degree, general/experimental concentration 68 credits

    Contact Information

    Nick Jackson, PhD
    Department Chair
    135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6227
    fax: 509.359.4366

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