Psychology with General/Experimental Concentration, Master of Science (MS)

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The concentration in general/experimental psychology is designed to prepare students for research or teaching in psychology. Methodology and both basic and applied research are emphasized. Students are prepared to enter doctoral programs or to seek employment in appropriate master’s-level positions. Curricula plans, in addition to the 42 credit hours of core courses, should include a minimum of 26 credits of elective courses chosen with an advisor in accord with the elective courses guidelines shown below. Students particularly interested in acquiring college-level instruction skills should consider courses from the Department of Education.

Note: students must successfully complete PSYC 503, PSYC 522, PSYC 534, PSYC 537, PSYC 538, PSYC 539 during the first three quarters of enrollment in order to continue in the program without a significant delay or required remediation plan during the second year of study.

Required Core
PSYC 600THESIS (1-15)6
PSYC 694PRACTICUM (1-8 must be repeated)16
Required Electives–additional graduate courses are offered within the department and may be taken by students in any program of study–with the appropriate Program Director’s approval, the following type of courses may be taken as part of the student’s graduate program of study.26
1. 400-level or graduate courses within psychology;
2. specific emphases such as addiction studies, interdisciplinary aging, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents, school psychology issues, behavioral health, computerized research and analysis, forensic psychology, physiological psychology, positive psychology or others;
3. specific courses in related, relevant departments, PSYC or SOWK with permission of the instructor and program director;
4. EWU weekend college courses.
Total Credits68

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • comprehend the discourse of psychology and communicate using the conventions of the discipline;
  • be familiar with the historical context in which important theories in psychology were developed;
  • develop expertise in the broad science of psychology, including advanced knowledge in research methods, statistics, biological psychology, multicultural issues, history and systems of psychology, and human learning;
  • pose research questions and devise research strategies to answer them, including the use of quantitative or qualitative methods;
  • gather information from many sources and present persuasive arguments, learn the primary ethical principles of psychologists and recognize basic ethical issues and violations and be guided accordingly.