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Master of Science, Experimental Psychology

About the Program

The mission of the Master of Science program in Psychology is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable in specific content areas of scientific psychology as well as skilled in conducting independent research. Through rigorous coursework and one-on-one collaborations with faculty, graduates will be poised to gain entrance to a psychology (or psychology-related) doctoral program or be employed with a position in the social sciences. The curriculum has an experimental focus, and involves a combination of coursework and collaboration with faculty on research. The program also offers an optional teaching emphasis, which involves mentoring from dedicated teachers as well as in-class teaching experience. The teaching emphasis prepares graduate students to teach psychology at the college level.

Program Outcomes

After completing this program, students will be familiar with basic content areas of scientific psychology (cognition, learning, developmental, and social. Additionally, graduates will understand statistics and research design and be able to use and interpret appropriate statistical analyses in the context of empirical research designs. Based on training in the MS program, students will have the knowledge and skills to develop and execute an original empirical study in psychology. Our graduates have had success gaining entrance in doctoral programs in psychology and related disciplines as well as gain employment in diverse settings.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Amy Hackney
Graduate Program Coordinator
ahackney@georgiasouthern.edu
912-478-5749

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  2. Taken Introduction to Psychology, a Psychology Statistics course, and a Psychology Research Methods course, and completed at least two additional courses in psychology.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on undergraduate work.
  4. NOTE: Due to the current pandemic and difficulties with testing, the GRE will be OPTIONAL for applicants applying for Fall 2021 admission. You may still provide GRE scores, but you are not required to.
  5. Submitted a personal statement (statement of purpose) which includes the following:
    • A description of the student’s prior research experience and any relevant work experience.
    • A description of the student’s career goals.
    • The student’s reasons for applying for graduate study at Georgia Southern University.
    • A list of three (3) Statesboro campus psychology faculty whose research interests are a match to your own. Of these three, please include at least two experimental faculty members (i.e., you may list one clinical faculty member if desired). In your statement, explain how the research of the selected faculty matches your interests and goals.
  6. Submitted letters of recommendation from three individuals who can speak of the applicant’s undergraduate academic performance, potential for graduate study, maturity level, and character. At least one letter must be from a former professor or faculty research advisor.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (www.naces.org)

Provisional Admission Requirements

For applicants who meet two out of three of the following criteria for regular admission (GRE-V, GRE-Q, GPA), provisional admission may be granted by the departmental graduate faculty based on their consideration of the materials submitted by the applicant and an interview if done.

Deadlines

Fall

Priority: February 15**

Final: July 1*

Spring

Does not admit

Summer

Does not admit

**February 15th is a priority deadline, which means we begin reviewing completed applications on a rolling basis beginning on this date.

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 1/12/2021