Psychology, Master of Science (0469)

PsychMS

http://www.wku.edu/psychological-sciences


Program Coordinator

Kelly L. Madole, kelly.madole@wku.edu, (270) 745-6475

This program prepares students to pursue careers in business, research, or government settings, and/or to enter a doctoral program. 

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Concentration(s)

  • Industrial/Organization
  • Psychological Science

Program Admission

Applicants should have: a statistics and research methodology course; background in psychology; and a minimum GPA of 2.75 with 3.0 in psychology courses (no specific GAP score is required).  Applicants should submit GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, a psychological science department application form, a 500-word personal statement describing professional interests and career goals, and the Graduate School application form. An interview may be required. Applicants to the psychological science concentration must identify one or more research mentors with whom they wish to work. Although there are no formal minimum GRE scores, admission is competitive.  The average GRE scores of recently admitted students are approximately 153 (V) and 148 (Q). Applications should be received by March 1st for priority consideration.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (36-45 hours)

The program comprises 27 hours of core courses plus specific program content that varies by concentration. A thesis based on original research conducted under the direction of a department graduate faculty member is required. A comprehensive examination is required at the time of thesis defense. A research tool is required in both concentrations. No concentration may have more than 9 hours of 400G-level courses.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration (45 hours)

This concentration focuses on behavior in business, industry, consulting, and government organizations. Students develop proficiencies in the construction and validation of personnel selection systems, job analysis, employee compensation, criterion development, leadership, motivation theory, equal employment opportunity law, and training in business and industry. A thesis is required. Grades lower than B may not be used to satisfy requirements for courses in the industrial/organizational training sequence (PSYS 570, PSYS 571, PSYS 572, PSYS 670, and PSYS 673).

Required Courses
PSYS 510Advanced Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYS 512Analysis of Variance3
PSYS 513Correlation and Regression Analysis3
PSYS 518Statistics and Psychometric Theory3
PSYS 552Advanced Social Psychology3
PSYS 570Job Analysis and Compensation3
PSYS 571Personnel Psychology3
PSYS 572Organizational Psychology3
PSYS 579Internship in Industrial-Organizational Psychology 16
PSYS 581Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychological Sciences3
PSYS 599Thesis Research/Writing6
PSYS 670Equal Employment Opportunity, the Law, and Ethical Considerations3
PSYS 673Advanced Training in Business and Industry3
Total Hours45
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 A four-to-six months internship in personnel psychology is encouraged (6 hours); 6 advisor approved graduate credit hours may be substituted for the internship if no internship placement can be obtained.

Psychological Science Concentration (36 Hours)

This concentration uses a research mentorship approach to prepare students to be competitive applicants for admission into a Ph.D. program and/or for positions where strong research and methodological skills are needed. Students may choose from one of four focus areas allowing specialization in biobehavioral, clinical science, cognitive psychology, or developmental science, or they may design a focus area (9 hours) that best fits their interests (subject to approval by their advisor and the program coordinator). A thesis is required. Applicants should refer to faculty research interests identified on the program web site and must apply specifically to work with one or more faculty members in whose research they have a particular interest. Grades lower than B may not be used to satisfy requirements in the Research Methods and Statistics Core (PSYS 510, PSYS 512, PSYS 513, & PSYS 518), PSYS 581, and PSYS 595.

Required Courses
PSYS 510Advanced Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYS 512Analysis of Variance3
PSYS 513Correlation and Regression Analysis3
PSYS 518Statistics and Psychometric Theory3
PSYS 521Advanced Child Developmental Psychology3
or PSYS 530 Conditioning and Learning
or PSYS 533 Advanced Topics in Cognition
or PSYS 552 Advanced Social Psychology
or PSYS 567 Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSYS 581Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychological Sciences3
PSYS 595Practicum in Psychological Sciences3
PSYS 599Thesis Research/Writing6
Focus Area Courses (see below)9
Total Hours36
Biobehavioral Focus Area
Required Courses
PSYS 565Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSYS 567Advanced Physiological Psychology3
PSYS 530Conditioning and Learning3
or PSYS 590 Readings of Research Psychology
or PSYS 463G Evolutionary Psychology
or PSYS 465G Psychopharmacology
Total Hours9
Clinical Science Focus Area
Required Courses
PSYS 640Psychopathology3
PSYS 641Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSYS 520Individual Differences and Human Diversity3
or PSYS 521 Advanced Child Developmental Psychology
or PSYS 552 Advanced Social Psychology
or PSYS 590 Readings of Research Psychology
or PSYS 465G Psychopharmacology
Total Hours9
Cognitive Psychology Focus Area
Required Courses
PSYS 533Advanced Topics in Cognition3
PSYS 565Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSYS 530Conditioning and Learning3
or PSYS 552 Advanced Social Psychology
or PSYS 590 Readings of Research Psychology
or PSYS 431G Psychology of Language
or PSY 412G Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
Total Hours9
Developmental Science Focus Area
Required Courses
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Advanced Child Developmental Psychology
Topics in Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Adult Life and Aging
Advanced Topics in Cognition
Advanced Social Psychology
Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence
Clinical Child Psychology: Theory and Practice
Readings of Research Psychology
Total Hours9