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Master in Experimental Psychology (MS)

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


Admission Requirements/Preparation

Early consideration deadline for completed applications is Jan. 15. All application materials must be received by March 1 for consideration of admission for a fall start. Students ordinarily begin their graduate studies fall quarter. Admission to begin the program in winter or spring is discouraged.

  1. Must have a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits. The Graduate Admission Committee may recommend a limited number of other students with a lower GPA to the Dean of Graduate Studies for admission based upon standard test scores, intervening experiences and other relevant factors.
  2. Must meet the requirements of the Graduate School.
  3. Must apply online through EWU Graduate Programs and submit a cover letter along with a copy of your vitae, via the online application. 
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. In fall 2015, the procedure has changed.  You will now submit name and email of the person who is providing you a recommendation in the applicaiton.  The person will recieve an email from the university/program and will do the recommendation electronically. All you need now is the person's name, title, and email address.  There will not be a need for paper submissions any longer. Make sure to alert your reference to the change and that s/he will receive an email from us with the opportunity to upload the traditional letter of recommendation and fill out our form electronically.
  5. Must 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 the 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.
  6. Must submit scores for the Graduate Record General Test. The GRE must have been taken no more than five years before the date of application.
  7. It is expected that a student complete all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and the department of Psychology before registering for core classes.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • comprehend the discourse of psychology and communicate using the conventions of the discipline;
  • be familiar with the historical context in which important theories in psychology were developed;
  • develop expertise in the broad science of psychology, including advanced knowledge in research methods, statistics, biological psychology, history and systems of psychology and human learning;
  • pose research questions and devise research strategies to answer them, including the use of quantitative methods;
  • gather information from many sources and present persuasive arguments, learn the primary ethical principles of psychologists and recognize basic ethical issues and violations and be guided accordingly.

Master's level graduate study in psychology provides the student with advanced preparation for practice in the field or for entering doctoral-level programs in psychology.

What will I study?

The Master of Science in psychology is intended to prepare students to be master's- level practitioners or 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. Students are admitted to either a clinical or experimental concentration. Beyond the core classes, the clinical concentration provides additional foundational and applied courses that emphasize clinical knowledge and skills. In addition to the core courses, students in the general/experimental concentration 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 for research or teaching in psychology. Methodology and both basic and applied research are emphasized. Students are prepared to enter doctoral programs or to seek employment in appropriate master's-level positions. 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:

  • 400-level or graduate courses within psychology
  • specific emphases such as alcohol and drug studies, interdisciplinary aging, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents, school psychology issues, behavioral health, computerized research and analysis, forensic psychology, physiological psychology, positive psychology or others
  • specific courses in related, relevant departments, such as Addiction Studies or Social Work, with permission of the instructor and program director
  • EWU weekend college courses

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

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