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

Outstanding Features

  • Enrich your knowledge in four core areas of Experimental Psychology: social, developmental, cognitive, and biological
  • Build critical skills in research methodology and data analysis
  • Develop your own personal research interests while working one-on-one with experts in their respective fields
  • Advance your educational goals and professional competitiveness
  • 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. In addition, faculty have active research programs; they publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international professional meetings. Our students 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.  Many of our graduate students 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 than their peers, who graduated from other institutions, for doctoral level work. Read what alumni have said about the graduate program.

Admission Requirements
General Experimental Master's Degree Curriculum

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