Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Psychology, Master of Science (0469)

Department website: 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. 

Concentration(s)

  • Industrial/Organization
  • Psychological Science

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.

Program Admission

Applicants should have: a statistics and research methodology course; background in psychology; and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses.  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. 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.

Graduate School Admission

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

Program Requirements (37-45 hours)

The program comprises 27 - 28 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.

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
or PSYS 590 Readings of Research Psychology
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

Psychological Science Concentration (37 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 course requirements in the Research Methods and Statistics Core PSYS 510, PSYS 512, PSYS 513PSYS 518, PSYS 581, and PSYS 595.

Required Courses
PSYS 510Advanced Research Methods in Psychology3
Choose 2 from the following:6
Analysis of Variance
Correlation and Regression Analysis
Statistics and Psychometric Theory
Choose 2 from the following:6
Advanced Child Developmental Psychology
Conditioning and Learning
Advanced Topics in Cognition
Advanced Social Psychology
Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSYS 581Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychological Sciences3
PSYS 595Practicum in Psychological Sciences4
PSYS 599Thesis Research/Writing6
Focus Area Courses (see below)9
Total Hours37
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 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
Total Hours9
Developmental Science Focus Area
Required Courses
Select 9 hours9
Choose 1 - 2 courses from the following:
Advanced Child Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Adult Life and Aging
Choose 1 - 2 courses from the following:
Advanced Topics in Cognition
Advanced Social Psychology
Readings of Research Psychology
Total Hours9