Advising

Psychology, M.S. - Advising

Welcome to Arizona State University's Master of Science program in Psychology. We have designed this program to give our students a strong, research-based foundation in the modern field of psychology. Our program emphasizes quantitative methodology, statistical analysis, professional development, and independent research. We further offer a variety of seminar courses on a wide range of psychology topics. The majority of our students' goals involve moving on to doctoral programs in psychology and related fields, and we have had great success with them attaining those goals. Many other of our students are looking for non-academic careers and have been extremely successful finding positions in government, education, behavioral health, and marketing.

Many of the answers to your questions may be on this website and in the MSP Program Handbook.  Please review both carefully.

About the Program

This is a two-year full-time program that requires 36 credit hours of research and coursework. A thesis is strongly recommended for students wishing to seek admission to a doctoral program. At the time of admission, students are matched with a faculty advisor who assists in designing the student's coursework and research activities. Our students receive training in advanced research methods and statistics, and can take elective seminar courses in several areas of psychology.

We expect that all students will participate in faculty-guided research, and we require that all students take three credits of supervised research work each semester of their first year. This will provide all students with hands-on experience on experimental design, laboratory instrumentation, data collection and analysis, manuscript development, and grant proposal writing. We also encourage our students to attend major national psychological conventions to present research findings.

How and When to Apply

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Curriculum and Course Requirements

Students in the MS program are admitted into one of two tracks: - Thesis Track: Students in the thesis track must complete 30 credits of coursework, 6 credits of Thesis research, pass a prospectus, and successfully propose and defend an original empirical research project that is acceptable to a committee of three supervising faculty. Applied Project Track: Students in the applied project track must complete 30 credits of coursework, 6 credits of Applied Project work, and produce a project (often a large paper or literature review) that is acceptable to a committee of two supervising faculty. No formal defense of the applied project is required.

Students must specify a track at the time of application. Depending on faculty interest and the number of applications received, applicants may be offered admission into a different track than the one which they had indicated. Only with approval of advisors and the program director may students change tracks once they have begun the program. Additional information as to the specific curricular requirements can be found in the graduation checklists below.

Graduation Checklist for Incoming Students (starting in Fall 2018)

Graduation Checklist for Current Students (who began in Fall 2016)

Graduation Checklist for Incoming Students (starting in Fall 2017)

Required Courses (15 credits):

  • Professional Issues in Psychology (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis I (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis II (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis III (3 credits)

Supervised Research PSY592 (3 credits each semester of 1st year, 6 credits total)
Thesis PSY599 (3 credits each semester of the second year, 6 credits total)
or
Applied Project PSY593 (3 credits each semester of the 2nd year, 6 credits total)
Elective Courses (9 credits)

Funding Request Forms for Current Graduate Students

Travel_Research Funding Information

Request for Travel Funding

Request for Research Funding

Request for Poster Printing

Request for Doctoral Interview Funding

Other Program Forms for Current Graduate Students

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PDF iconms_thesis_defense_rubric.pdf

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PDF iconthesis_committee_replacement_form.pdf

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Tuition

Tuition is set by ASU and the Arizona Board of Regents every year. As an example, for 2014-2015, full-time in-state residents pay a tuition of $11,803 per year, and out-of-state residents pay $20,723. Through the Western Regional Graduate Program, out-of-state residents from participating states may be eligible to pay only in-state tuition rates. You can calculate your specific tuition costs by visiting ASU's tuition calculator.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available through several different sources:

  1. Dean's Scholarship: Each year a number of $10000 scholarships are awarded to first-year MS students upon their admission. Applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship and do not need to apply for it. Students who receive the scholarships are notified before the beginning of their first semester.
  2. Merit Scholarship: Depending on program funds, a small number of $2000 merit scholarships may be available. Applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship and do not need to apply for it. Students who receive the scholarships are notified before the beginning of their first semester.
  3. CA (Course Assistant) Positions: The primary way that our students are funded is through Course Assistant (CA) positions. These positions typically assist with undergraduate courses that are offered online. These courses are 7.5 weeks long (half semester), and CAs are paid $2000 for each of these courses. Although these positions are not guaranteed, most students who desire to serve as a CA have done so in one or more classes per year.
  4. Traditional Financial Aid (Loans & Grants): For information on general financial aid products, please visit ASU's Financial Aid office
  5. Research Funding: On occasion, faculty may have funds that could be used to hire masters-level students to be research workers. These would typically be advanced (second-year) students who are involved in grant-funded projects.

Faculty

Mary Burleson
Mary Burleson
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Emotion, stress, touch, co-regulation & autonomic psychophysiology
 
Nick Duran
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: Cognitive dynamics, language and communication, deception
         
Deborah Hall
Deborah Hall
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: Social identity, intergroup relations, & prejudice
  ASU Zachary Horne
Zachary Horne
Assistant Professor
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Research interests: cognitive science, big data, social psychology
       
Lindsey Mean
Lindsey Mean
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Social and Discursive Psychology, Sport, Identities, Gender, Language, Representation, and Social Construction
  Kristin Mickelson
Kristin Mickelson
Director MS Psychology, Professor
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Research Interests: Social relationships and health.
         
Paul Miller
Paul Miller
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Children, coping, stress, socialization
  Jose Nanez
Jose Nañez
President's Professor
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Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, bilingualism & cognition
       
Tess Neal
Tess Neal
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: human reasoning, inference, and decision making; clinical and legal judgments; expertise development.
  Nicole Roberts
Nicole Roberts
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Emotion, culture, couple relationships, psychophysiology, stress
         
Elias Robles-Sotelo
Elias Robles-Sotelo
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Impulsiveness, decision making, health behavior
 
Jessica Salerno
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: Emotion, Intergroup dynamics, and Legal Decision-making
         
Nick Schweitzer
Nick Schweitzer
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Legal decision making; Mental disorders and punishment
  Perla Vargas
Perla Vargas
Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Health-related decision-making, health disparities