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, Graduate College Policies & Procedures, as well as the New College Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Please review these documents carefully. Also, please click here for the latest issue of our MS Psych Newsletter!
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.
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 or later)
Graduation Checklist for Current Students (who began in Fall 2017)
Graduation Checklist for Current Students (who began in Fall 2016)
Required Courses (15 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)
Applied Project PSY593 (3 credits each semester of the 2nd year, 6 credits total)
Elective Courses (9 credits)
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 is available through several different sources:
FACULTY IN THE RISE RESEARCH AREA HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF INTERESTS INCLUDING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, CULTURE, STRESS, HEALTH, EMOTION, AND SOCIAL IDENTITY
Research Interests: emotion, stress, touch, co-regulation, & autonomic psychophysiology.
Dr. Burleson's research focuses on how emotion, stress, and physical contact (touch) can affect psychological and physiological functioning. Current studies include the contribution of emotion regulation processes to stress responses and the stress-reducing effects of physical contact. She specializes in teaching physiological psychology, biology of human sexuality, biological bases of behavior, and psychopharmacology.
Research Interests: social relationships and health
Dr. Mickelson's research is interdisciplinary, with special emphases on social and health psychology. Her research examines the role of stressors and psychosocial factors on relationship functioning and health. Specific areas of interest include how dimensions of stressors affect social support processes, as well as the role of socioeconomic status and gender on the stress-social support-health relationship. Her current research is focused on three questions: 1) gender differences in the risk and protective factors for postpartum distress in couples making the transition to parenthood; 2) the role of discrimination and resilience on race/ethnic differences in low birthweight; and 3) understanding the role of social media in coping and health.
Research Interests: health-related decision-making, health disparities
Using a behavioral epidemiology framework, she studies behavioral processes involved in the management of oral health, asthma, food allergy, sleep, obesity, depression and suicidal behaviors; and is interested in identifying effective methods to improve the management of these conditions among high-risk, underserved populations. Dr. Vargas' work is widely published and has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and Behavioural Processes.
Research Interests: social and group identity, social relations, social media
Dr. Hall's research examines how aspects of social and group identities shape people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Specifically, her work explores ways in which social identities tied to social class, political ideology, and religion influence perceptions of and interactions with others..A central theme across her core research areas is that a more nuanced understanding of the social and group bases of identity can pave the way for positive change through the development of research-based tools and interventions.
Research Interests: emotion, culture, couple relationships, psychophysiology, stress
Dr. Roberts' research focuses on the study of emotion and on the cultural and biological forces that shape emotional responses. For example, how ethnicity and culture influence emotional displays and experiences; how the daily hassles of life, such as job stress and sleep deprivation, impact emotion regulation among individuals and couples; and how the emotion system breaks down in patients with psychopathology or neurological dysfunction. Dr. Roberts uses both observational and psychophysiological measures in her work.
Lindsey Mean (Affiliated Faculty from Communications)
Research Interests: intersection of identities, sport, gender & sexuality, ideology & culture, discourses, language & representational practices across multiple sites and levels of enactment
FACULTY IN THE COGNITIVE AND BIG DATA SCIENCES GROUP AIM TO UNDERSTAND COGNITION USING MULTI-MODAL LABORATORY METHODS AND LARGE-SCALE, NATURALISTIC DATA. CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS INCLUDE ATTITUDE CHANGE, RISK-TAKING, PERSPECTIVE-TAKING, LANGUAGE PROCESSING, AND PERCEPTUAL LEARNING.
Nicholas Duran (also affiliated w/ RISE)
Research Interests: cognitive science, social perspective-taking, deception, collaborative problem solving
Dr. Duran studies complex cognitive processes as revealed in the dynamics of movement and language, both within individuals and across dyads and groups. He uses a range of techniques such as computer-mouse tracking, motion capture, acoustic analysis, physiological sensing, nonlinear time series analyses, and discourse modeling.
Research Interests: cognitive neuroscience, bilingualism & cognition
Dr. Nanez conducts research in visual perceptual learning, neural plasticity/malleability, and cognition. He also studies cognitive processes in Spanish-English bilinguals. As Executive Director for Community Outreach, he creates and implements new strategies to enhance students' academic achievement and university life acculturation, with a strong emphasis on Hispanic, first-generation-university-going, and low SES students.
Zachary Horne (also affiliated w/ RISE)
Research Interests: Cognitive science, big data, social psychology
Dr. Horne studies the cognitive mechanisms underlying belief formation and revision. Specifically, he examines how children and adults form and revise their beliefs in light of new evidence and the mechanisms that permit and prevent rational belief updating. His research has been published in top-tier journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Psychological Science., and has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, & Forbes.
Research Interests: learning, impulsiveness, decision making, health behavior
Dr. Robles studies fundamental behavior processes such as learning, choice, impulsiveness, risk taking, and decision making, as they relate to physical and psychological wellbeing. He seeks to understand how people make decisions about the future, what situations make people more likely to take risks, and how to make health behavior information clear and effective. His work has focused on addiction to tobacco, heroin, and prescription opioids.