M.A. or M.S. in General Experimental Psychology

Outstanding Features

  • Expand your knowledge and skills with advanced coursework in research methodology and statistical analysis as well as social, cognitive, developmental, and physiological psychology
  • Receive individualized attention and guidance from faculty mentors
  • Actively engage in psychological research while collaborating with experts in the field
  • Develop your own research interests and present your research at professional conferences across the country
  • Enhance your professional competitiveness with optional certification in Research Design and Analysis
  • Two-year program
  • Graduate assistantships available

Your kind of program

The general experimental program provides students with the very best in graduate instruction both in and outside of formal classroom settings. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on the many exciting research projects being conducted in the department. Graduates receive training that enables them to be more competitive when applying to Ph.D. programs and/or to develop skills that can be used in applied settings where strong research and methodological abilities are needed. Some graduates may also be employed as instructors in two-year academic institutions.

About the program

The General Experimental graduate program is based on the philosophy that the master's degree is first and foremost a degree in psychology and students should achieve a broad base of knowledge in the field, including strong quantitative and research skills. Thus, students take four psychological foundations courses and three research foundations courses. A master's thesis is also required. Students can complete the program in two years. A three-year dual degree option in General Experimental Psychology + Nonprofit Leadership Studies is also available.

Faculty in the Department of Psychology have active research programs; they publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international professional meetings. Students in the General Experimental program thus have many opportunities to gain hands-on research experience by working on a faculty member's research team and/or by conducting individual, faculty-mentored research projects as well as their thesis. Many students in the program have appeared as co-authors with faculty members on published articles and have presented their findings at scientific meetings across the country. Graduates of our program who have entered doctoral programs have often commented that the program's research-oriented curriculum has prepared them better for doctoral level work than their peers who graduated from other institutions. Read more of what alumni have said about the graduate program.

Admission Requirements

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Curriculum: M.A. or M.S. in General Experimental Psychology

CIP 42.2704

Total Course Requirements...................................... 31 hours

Foundations of Behavior
PSY 621 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 622 Cognitive Bases of Behavior
PSY 623 Social Bases of Behavior
PSY 624 Developmental Bases of Behavior

Research Foundations
PSY 610 Graduate Seminar in General Experimental Psychology
PSY 651 Correlational Research Design and Statistics
PSY 652 Univariate Research Design and Statistics
PSY 698 & PSY 699 Thesis
600-level PSY courses approved by graduate training committee (6 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
• Oral defense and examination of the thesis.
• Competency in an approved foreign language (M.A. only).

The listed requirements provide an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Murray State Bulletin applicable at the time of the student's enrollment.

For more information contact:

Graduate Coordinator
General Experimental Master's Program
Department of Psychology
Murray State University
212 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318
Phone: 270.809.2851
Fax: 270.809.2991
E-mail: jhackathorn@murraystate.edu