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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.
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)
Graduation Checklist for Current Students (who began in Fall 2016)
Graduation Checklist for Incoming Students (starting in Fall 2017)
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:
Research Interests: Emotion, stress, touch, co-regulation & autonomic psychophysiology
Research Interests: Health-related decision-making, health disparities