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Master of Science in Psychology, Experimental

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

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 2022 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 career goals after completion of MS program.
    • Reasons for applying to the experimental MS program at Georgia Southern University.
    • A description of previous research experience and any relevant work experience,
    • A description of three Statesboro Campus Department of Psychology faculty whose research interests are a match to your own. In your statement, explain how the research of each selected faculty matches your interests and goals. Describe the topics they study that you would be interested in as you work towards writing a thesis
  • The following faculty have an opening in their lab for Fall 2022:
    • Developmental: Ty Boyer, Nicolette Rickert, Rebecca Ryan
    • Social/Personality: Amy Hackney, Nick Holtzman, Karen Naufel, Mike Nielsen
    • Cognitive: Larry Locker
    • Behavior and Decision Making: Jon Friedel
    • Clinical: Ryan Couillou

6. Recommendations from three individuals who can speak of the applicant’s undergraduate academic performance, potential for graduate study, and maturity level and character. At least one letter must be from a former professor or faculty research supervisor.

7. Optional: A current Curriculum Vitae.

8. Optional: Submission of a writing sample of past work provides an opportunity to showcase your writing skills, tone, and style. The sample should be no longer than two double-spaced pages. Consider submitting an excerpt or passage from a research paper or writing assignment for class, a manuscript, or other relevant works.

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

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.



Priority: February 15**

Final: April 1*


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**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: 2/1/2022