M.A. in Psychological Science
We are excited to announce that our MA program name has changed to Psychological Science rather than General Psychology!
Changing to Psychological Science is a more accurate descriptor of the courses students take and our emphasis on training researchers and scholars in the scientific foundations of the field of Psychology.
The Psychological Science M.A. degree is an ideal program for those:
- Planning to apply to Ph.D. programs but needing additional Psychology experience.
- Looking to gain additional Psychology research experience.
- Hoping to change their field of study if they lack a Psychology undergraduate background.
The M.A. in Psychological Science is a thesis-optional terminal degree awarded after 31 hours of coursework. Required courses are designed to provide training in statistics and research methodology and a breadth of coverage in several content areas including clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, neuroscience, and social psychology.
Strengths of the Psychological Science program:
- All of your classes are with Ph.D. students in doctoral-level courses. This means that many Ph.D. programs will allow you to transfer these credits.
- A diverse selection of classes allows you to tailor your studies to your interests.
- Many opportunities to work as a Research Assistant in faculty labs. Our M.A. students have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects while in the program.
- Take advantage of being in Washington DC by working as a Research Assistant at local institutions. Recent placements include: Children's National Medical Center, Veteran's Administration Medical Center, National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and many others.
- Opportunities to be authors on journal articles and conference paper and poster abstracts.
- Supportive faculty who are invested in your professional development and available to advise you on job opportunities and graduate school applications.
- A supportive student body.
- The option to complete a thesis.
The Psychological Science master's program is an appropriate program for students with many different backgrounds and is designed for individuals who either:
- Intend to seek a Ph.D. in psychology but do not have adequate undergraduate training and/or research experience. Recent students in the Psychological Science program who completed a Research Assistantship have been very successful in being accepted into clinical, counseling, developmental, and experimental psychology Ph.D. programs.
- Hope to find career opportunities in areas related to psychology. Our M.A. degree in Psychological Science is valued in many different employment settings such as human relations, marketing, advertising, education, management, arbitration, lobbying, and business.
- Research Methods
- Research Methods in Psychology (Ph.D. level)
- Statistics (either of the following)
- Statistics I (Ph.D. level)
- Educ 633 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
- Two psychology foundation courses
- Historical and Biological Foundations
- Cognitive and Social Foundations
- Three Breadth courses
- One clinical psychology course
- One cognitive psychology and neuroscience course
- One developmental and social psychology course
- Three more courses in any area of psychology
- a 3-credit research assistantship may be substituted for one of these courses
Additional degree requirements:
- An M.A. Topic Paper: either a manuscript of an empirical study or a literature review of an approved topic. Students can also select to conduct a thesis rather than a topic paper.
- Completion of a written comprehensive examination
See the Handbook for a detailed description of the Psychological Science program.
We encourage applicants to submit their materials by mid-April. The deadline for Fall enrollment is July 15, but most admissions decisions are made using a rolling admissions policy in the Spring.
Please use the online application.
1. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Note: Unofficial transcripts are required for application review. A pdf scan of an official transcript is preferred, which you will be asked to upload as part of the online application. Official transcripts will be required prior to enrollment if accepted.
For additional information on the Psychological Science M.A. program, contact: