Psychology M.A. - Experimental Psychology

Experimental Psychology Concentration

Program Director: Justin Buckingham
410-704-3214
jbuckingham@towson.edu

The Experimental Psychology Concentration of the Master of Arts program in Psychology at Towson University is intended for students with interests in any area of psychological research (e.g., clinical, cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, social). The program prepares students for enrollment in doctoral programs or for research jobs in the public and private sectors.

The concentration is intended either for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology or for those students who have undergraduate degrees in other majors who are interested in pursuing psychological research. Graduates will be prepared to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology in a variety of specialty areas or prepare for such positions as research analyst, research coordinator or statistical analyst. Students in the concentration receive extensive training in research design and analysis, and have access to a large and diverse faculty. Students receive considerable personal attention. All students are mentored by faculty in their area of interest, and most classes have fewer than 16 students. As a result, students have been very successful in either gaining admission to doctoral programs or finding employment in the field of research design and analysis.

A thesis is required of all students.

Students may work toward the degree either full time or part time. Courses are offered only in the late afternoons and evenings.

Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite courses with grades of “B” or higher in the following areas:
    • Statistics
    • Experimental Psychology or Research Methods in Psychology
    • Learning or Cognitive Psychology
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for full admission to the program. Conditional admission is occasionally offered to students with GPAs of less than 3.00 who show exceptional research promise.
  • Acceptable performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Send the following admission materials to:

University Admissions
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

  • A 600- to 900-word personal statement describing your research interests, research experience and professional goals. You are strongly encouraged to mention in this letter the faculty member(s) with whom you most want to work.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters commenting on research experience are particularly useful.

Completed application and admission credentials must meet the deadline of January 15 for fall term admission. Applications are not accepted for spring term admission. Students who miss the application deadline may contact the program director to inquire if space is still available in the incoming class. Admission is granted on a competitive, space-available basis.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (33 Units)
PSYC 672PROSEMINAR3
PSYC 674ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 675RESEARCH SEMINAR IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY1
PSYC 679SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR3
PSYC 680ADVANCED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 682ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 687ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN I3
PSYC 688ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN II3
or PSYC 689 MULTIVARIATE METHODS
PSYC 691INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION IN PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 897PSYCHOLOGY THESIS6
Electives (6 Units)
Select at least 6 units of graduate electives at the 500-700 level with permission from the program director. The following are recommended electives:6
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
COLLEGE TEACHING PRACTICUM
SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR (on a different topic from the one taken as a required course)
INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION IN PSYCHOLOGY (Additional credits)
Total Units39