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Psychology, MS - Advising

Future Students

Thank you for your interest in our campus-immersion MS Psychology program!  Please review the information on this page to find out if this program is the right fit for your interests, our doctoral and career placement, funding, and how to apply.

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If you are interested in preparing yourself to be a strong candidate for admission into a doctoral program in Psychology or related fields, then this program is for you! You will get extensive hands-on research experience with your advisor, which will help you refine and strengthen your research program. Additionally, you will take coursework in your content area of interest as well as quantitative methods and statistics. Our students go onto a variety of PhD programs in Psychology, including Clinical, Counseling, Social, Development, and Cognitive, as well as PhD programs in Communication, Political Science, Sociology, and Social Work.

If you are interested in preparing yourself for a professional career in research or helping others, then this program is for you! Through our coursework and research experience, you will obtain the necessary skills to work as a research coordinator, consultant, or specialist in hospitals, non-profits, government agencies, and schools.

If you are looking to challenge yourself, then this program is definitely for you! We pride ourselves on a collegial and supportive environment combined with a rigorous program of study – all with the goal of helping you realize your dreams whether they be admission into a doctoral program or professional career enrichment.

If you are looking to gain the credentials for licensure to be a therapist or counselor, then this program is NOT for you. We are not a counseling program and, thus, are not structured or accredited to prepare students for licensure. If you are interested in being a licensed therapist or counselor, please see ASU’s Master in Counseling program.

We take immense pride in our reputation as a top pre-doctoral terminal Master’s program. Over the past 5 years, we have averaged a placement rate of 85% or higher for students applying to a doctoral program during their 2nd year in the MS program. Moreover, over 95% of our students receive at least one invitation to interview for admission into a PhD program.  Many students go onto PhD programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, as well as content areas of Psychology and related fields, all over the United States, including New York University, Ohio State University, and the University of Southern California.

In terms of job placement, those students who choose to seek professional employment either have jobs upon graduation or within 6 months. We have alumni working in a variety of fields, including the non-profits sector, healthcare settings as research coordinators, and educational systems as learning specialists.

We are unique for a terminal Masters program in that we are able to offer funding to most incoming students. The funding amount ranges depending on budgetary constraints; however, in the past several years, we have been able to fund almost all of our incoming students with either a stipend of approximately $20,000 per academic year (Graduate Service Assistantship) or a stipend plus full tuition remission and health insurance coverage (Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantship). Students who do not receive either a GSA or GTA/GRA are able to make up to approximately $14,000 per academic year working as a Course Assistant for our online degree programs.

Join live sessions with ASU team members who will answer your questions about ASU.

Here are just a few of the virtual events offered: 

  Research Clusters in MS Psychology

A unique feature of our program is our research clusters. In order for us to make the most informed admission decision, we need to understand where your interests will best match within our program. Thus, when applying to our program, please take the time to consider which research cluster best fits your research interests. You will be asked to list 3 potential faculty advisors and explain in your statement of purpose which research cluster you are most interested in and why you are interested in the three faculty you chose.

CBI focuses on gaining psychologically-grounded insights from large scale naturally occurring and experimentally collected data, and using cutting edge quantitative methods to draw causal inferences about real-world problems.

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Nicholas Duran 

(also affiliated w/ RISE)

Research Interests:

cognitive science, social perspective-taking, deception, collaborative problem solving

 Cognitive Dynamics & Communication Lab

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Derek Powell

Research Interests:

cognitive modeling, belief revision, intuitive theories, higher-order cognition

 Cognitive Data Science Lab


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Bryor Snefjella

Research Interests:

applied natural language processing in cognitive science, psycholinguistics, lexical processing, lexical semantics 



Psych & Law concentrates on generating fundamental knowledge about human behavior, cognition, development, and mental health with a focus on addressing real-world issues that touch upon the legal and judicial system.

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Max Guyll

Research Interests:

forensic examination, police interrogation

 MadGuy Lab


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Stephanie Madon

Research Interests:

psychology and law; confessions; police interrogation; forensic science

 MadGuy Lab


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Tess Neal

Research Interests:

human reasoning, inference, & decision making; clinical and  legal judgments; expertise development

 Clinical & Legal Judgment Lab

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Karey O'Hara

Research Interests:

family law, high-conflict divorce, parenting time decisions, child mental health, juvenile justice, intervention science

 Youth and Families in Court Systems (YFaCS) Lab

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Jessica Salerno

Research Interests:

emotion, intergroup dynamics, and legal decision-making

 Social Judgment, Decision Making, & Law Lab

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Nicholas Schweitzer

Research Interests:

Legal decision making; mental disorders and punishment

 Law & Cognition Lab

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Laura Smalarz

Research Interests:

Eyewitness identification and testimony; perceptions of the wrongfully convicted; police interrogation and false confessions; social biases in the criminal justice system

 Psychology & Law Lab



RISE seeks to promote understanding how to survive and thrive in social environments, and to provide new strategies for individuals, organizations, and institutions to promote the well-being of communities in the face of stressful and challenging conditions.

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Mary Burleson

Research Interests:

emotion, stress, touch, co-regulation & autonomic psychophysiology

 Biosocial Psychology Lab

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John Coffey

Research Interests:

emotion, relationships, lifespan well-being, child and family interventions


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Deborah Hall

Research Interests:

social and group identity,

social relations, social media

 Identity & Social Relations Lab

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Rufan Luo

Research Interests:

parenting, language development, school readiness, bilingualism, sociocultural contexts

 Child Development in Context Lab

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Kristin Mickelson

Research Interests:

social relationships and health

 Social Relationships & Health Lab

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Katherine Nelson-Coffey

Research Interests:

happiness, positive psychology interventions, close relationships, parenthood 

 Social Connection & Positive Psychology Lab

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Lindsey Mean

Research Interests:

intersection of identities, sport, gender & sexuality, ideology & culture, discourses, language & representational practices across multiple sites and levels of enactment.

 Sport, Media, and Culture Lab

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Nicole Roberts

Research Interests:

emotion culture, couple relationships,

psychophysiology, stress

 Emotion, Culture, and Psychophsysiology Lab

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Perla Vargas

Research Interests:

health-related decision-making, health disparities


New Students

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Dr. Kristin Mickelson the Program Director for the campus immersion MS in Psychology program would like to welcome you to ASU! The next two years will be rewarding and challenging as you pursue your graduate careers. You will get extensive hands-on research experience with your advisor, which will help you refine and strengthen your research program. Additionally, you will take coursework in your content area of interest as well as quantitative methods and statistics. We pride ourselves on a collegial and supportive environment combined with a rigorous program of study – all with the goal of helping you realize your dreams whether they be admission into a doctoral program or professional career enrichment.

If you have any questions or concerns not related to applications or general program requirements, feel free to contact Dr. Mickelson at

Please reach out to your assigned advisor with questions regarding
our three ASU research initiatives. 


Accepting Admission Offer: Register Today

Secure your spot in the program by emailing and informing your faculty mentor.

International Student Admits: Students from other countries (F-1 status) should read and complete next steps for securing a visa.

Deferring Admission Offer

If you are unable to enroll in the term that you originally applied for then please review your options to defer admission.

Declining Admission Offer

We understand that plans change.  If you do not wish to attend this program please email with your full name, ASU ID number (located on admissions letter), and your intention to decline the offer.  This will help to ensure that ASU advisors do not reach out regarding next steps and registration.

After you accept your offer of admission the Academic Advisor will register you for your first semester of classes.

Now What?

Prior to beginning your first course it is important that you read and understand the information available under “Current Students” on this advising website.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Program Handbook, Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, and Graduate College Policies & Procedures.  Students are responsible for information contained on this advising website, we recommend that you bookmark this page. 

Login to MyASU and complete items listed in Priority Tasks.

       Graduate College Field Guide to Grad School

ASU Graduate Admissions Next Steps

Financial Aid & Scholarship Services

Check your ASU email regularly

Save the date for orientation: Fall 2023 TBD

Current Students

Academic Advising Questions

Please be sure to review the information available on this website; however, if you have additional questions please contact Tina Hughes at or make an appointment.

Important Resources

NC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Academic Calendar

Graduate Writing Support

Sexual Violence and Prevention Response

Degree Requirements

The MS Psychology program requires 36 credit hours including a 6 credit hour culminating experience.

ASU Catalog and Degree Search: Psychology, MS

MS Psychology Advising Checksheet: Psychology, MS 

Plan of Study (iPOS)

What is the Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS)?

The Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS) functions as an agreement between the student, the academic unit, and the ASU Graduate College. It will support you as you make progress toward your degree requirements. (Learn More)

The iPOS allows you to plan for your course load, can guide registration each term, and provides an anticipated timeline for degree completion.

How do I select courses for my iPOS?

At the time of admission to a graduate program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences students are provided with a sequence of courses.

How to create an iPOS?

To access the iPOS: Login to My ASU. From the My Programs box, under the Programs tab, select iPOS. Select Graduate Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS). Note: Pop up blockers may need to be turned off.  You will find instructions for submitting the iPOS in the downloadable how-to guide.

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Colloquium Presentation: Dr. Max Guyll

Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 12pm in CLCC 199 

Dr. Max Guyll Recording Link
Passcode: G6Y.1$D+

Speaker: Dr. Max Guyll           
Title: Increasing the Rigor of Forensic Laboratory Analysis
Abstract: Forensic analysis can lead to wrongful conviction as a result of invalid techniques, low ability examiners, and uncontrolled laboratory procedures. This presentation will report data on the validity of one commonly used forensic technique (cartridge case comparison) and demonstrate how uncontrolled laboratory procedures can increase confidence in erroneous conclusions. The talk will propose an ambitious model for revising forensic laboratory procedures in a way that will continuously update data pertaining to both technique validity and examiner ability, also and maintain high levels of scientific rigor.

Colloquium Presentation: Dr. John Coffey

Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 12pm in CLCC 199

Dr. John Coffey Recording Link
Passcode: .acgY7yE

Speaker: Dr. John Coffey            
Title: Flourishing Across the Lifespan: Children’s Emotions as a Predictor of Adult Well-Being
Abstract: Children—regardless of their backgrounds—can flourish as adults. Using a diverse array of measures of children’s emotions, complex statistical modeling, and datasets spanning months to 40+ years, the talk wil cover research which suggests that children’s positive emotional experiences are important predictors of success, happiness, mental health, and well-being in adulthood.