MS IN PSYCHOLOGY

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The two-year curriculum in the Master of Science in Psychology degree program is designed to provide excellent training in research skills. Students gain expertise in the formulation of research designs and in the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data. Laboratory courses in cognitive psychology, statistics and biological psychology are complemented by a rich array of electives in various other subfields of Psychology.

In addition, students may elect to take a graduate course in a department other than psychology to round out their area of special interest. Biology, chemistry, computer science, human resource development and applied statistics have been of particular interest in this regard. Students are required to complete a total of eight courses, including statistics and at least two laboratory courses and to conduct an original piece of research under faculty supervision in the form of a thesis.

The elective courses are designed to allow students the flexibility to tailor the program to their particular goals. The master's thesis is required, and additional independent research is strongly encouraged. There is no comprehensive examination or foreign language requirement.

The MS degree can also be earned as part of a Combined Bachelor's-Master's Program.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Prerequisites for Application

An applicant to the master's program must have completed (or be currently enrolled in) at least 18 undergraduate hours in psychology, including statistics. See all application requirements.

Requirements for Completion of Program

The following courses are required:

  • PSY 8000 - Seminar
  • PSY 8100 - Stat & Experimental Des
  • PSY 8050 - Biopsychology
  • PSY 8150 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 9032 - Thesis Direction I
  • PSY 9033 - Thesis Direction II
  • FOUR ELECTIVES - See below

At least three electives must be from among the following program electives:

  • PSY 8175 - Animal Learning & Cognition
  • PSY 8200 - Perception
  • PSY 8225 - Psychopathology
  • PSY 8275 - Approaches to Psychotherapy
  • PSY 8300 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 8325 - Psychological Testing
  • PSY 8350 - History & Systems
  • PSY 8400 - Personality: Empirical Res
  • PSY 8450 - Psychologic Measurement
  • PSY 8500 - Psychopharmacology
  • PSY 8550 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 8900 - Special Topics**
  • PSY 9031 - Individual Research

**Special Topics Courses taught since 2005 - Transactional Processes in Child Development; Evolutionary Approaches to Psych; Attention and Memory; Psych & Law; Sleep & Dreaming; Health Psychology; Spatial Cognition; Psych of Gender; Behavior Modification and Applied Behavior Analysis; Language and Its Acquisition; Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Memory and Aging; Neural and Behavioral Economics; Close Relationships; Social Neuroscience

With advisor approval, one elective may be from among the following non-program electives:

  • PSY 8425 - Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 8475 - Organizational Training
  • PSY 8825 - Psych of Personnel Admin
  • PSY 8850 - Personality Theories
  • PSY 8875 - Organizational Change Mgmt.
  • A graduate course offered by another academic department may be taken if it is approved as appropriate for the student's focus in psychology.

PSY 8000 - Seminar

Description: Basic issues of experimental design, methodology, ethics, procedures, and philosophy in general-experimental psychology.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8050 - Biopsychology

Description: Basic principles of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and endocrinology and their application in the experimental analysis of behavioral processes.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8100 - Stat & Experimental Des

Description: Basic principles in experimental design; foundations and applications of analysis of variance, covariance, and multiple regression.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2019

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8150 - Cognitive Psychology

Description: Theory and research in human learning, memory, and cognitive processes.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2019

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8175 - Animal Learning & Cognition

Description: Seminar exploring contemporary views of learning and simple cognitive processes as developed from laboratory studies of non-human animals.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Fall 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2017

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8200 - Perception

Description: Survey of sensation and perception, primarily human, emphasizing the relevance of sensory processing to our daily lives.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2015, Spring 2001, Spring 2000

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8225 - Psychopathology

Description: Examination of contemporary theories and research on classification, etiology, and treatment of mental and behavioral disorders.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Fall 2020, Fall 2018, Fall 2016

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8275 - Approaches to Psychotherapy

Description: Examination of the major theoretical positions within contemporary psychotherapy and their clinical applications to human behavior.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2021, Spring 2019, Spring 2017, Spring 2015

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8300 - Developmental Psychology

Description: An investigation of the development of the principal psychological processes of learning, perception, and motivation with emphasis on phylogenetic comparisons and the effects of early experiences on these processes in the nature organism.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2006, Spring 2004, Spring 2002, Spring 2000

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8325 - Psychological Testing

Description: Psychometric principles underlying the development and validation of psychological tests, and techniques for administration and interpretation of selected tests.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2021, Fall 2019, Fall 2017, Fall 2016

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8350 - History & Systems

Description: Overview of major concepts and theories of psychology presented in a historical context.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2003

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8400 - Personality: Empirical Res

Description: Seminar in design, conduct, and evaluation of personality research.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2009

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8425 - Organizational Behavior

Description: Understand individual, group, and organizational behavior at work as it relates to well-being and performance. Individual group, and environmental factors will be explored as to how they independently and interactively shape employees' job attitudes, motivation, behavior, and performance in organizations. Pre-requisites: Introduction to HR in the Business World (may be waived based on HR experience). Critical evaluation and research writing (may be waived based on writing assessment).

Prerequisites: HRD 8101 and HRD 8102

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Summer 2021

CRSE Attributes: Human Resource Development
 

PSY 8450 - Psychologic Measurement

Description: Theoretical issues in the measurement of psychological dimensions, with special consideration of approaches to the quantification of both sensory and non-sensory continua.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered:

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8475 - Training & Development

Description: Organizations that link learning strategies to business strategies report better financial performance. Training has changed from a classroom event to learning experiences that can occur through a variety of methods: online learning, developmental assignments, team collaboration or a blend. Pre-requisites: Introduction to HR in the Business World (may be waived based on HR experience). Critical evaluation and research writing (may be waived based on writing assessment).

Prerequisites: HRD 8101 and HRD 8102 (concurrency)

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Summer 2021

CRSE Attributes: Human Resource Development
 

PSY 8500 - Psychopharmacology

Description: Effects of drugs on the neurochemistry of brain systems which control instinctive and learned behavior patterns.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2021, Spring 2016, Spring 2006, Spring 2003

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8550 - Social Psychology

Description: Contemporary social psychological theory and research.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2006, Fall 2004, Fall 2002, Fall 2000

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8625 - Psychopathology of Child

Description: A survey of the behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2016

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8650 - Psychology of Child Adolescent Development

Description: A description and explanation of the courses of psychological development from infancy to adulthood.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered:

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8750 - Behavioral Modification in Counsel

Description: Cognitive-behavioral techniques applied to programs in school, institutional, family, and instititutional settings.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered:

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8800 - Psychology Personal Adjustment

Description: Examination of the nature and variety of healthy and disturbed personalities from the framework of the counseling profession.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered:

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8850 - Personality Theories

Description: Selected major theories of personality and their applications in counseling and psychotherapy.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 1997, Fall 1995

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 8875 - Organization Development

Description: Planned, system-wide effort with the goal to increase organization effectiveness and health through diagnosis and interventions in the organization's processes using behavioral science knowledge. Focus on developing organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, and people. Pre-requisites: Introduction to HR in the Business World (may be waived based on HR experience). Critical evaluation and research writing (may be waived based on writing assessment).

Prerequisites: HRD 8101 and HRD 8102

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Summer 2021

CRSE Attributes: Human Resource Development
 

PSY 8900 - Special Topics

Description: An intensive examination of selected individual topical areas within psychology.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 9031 - Individual Research

Description: Individual research project conducted under the direction of a Psychology faculty member.

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 9032 - Thesis Direction I

Description:

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 9033 - Thesis Direction II

Description:

Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2021, Spring 2021

CRSE Attributes: NONE
 

PSY 9080 - Thesis Continuation

Description:

Credit Hours: 0

Last Offered: Fall 2022, Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021

CRSE Attributes: NONE

      

      

Ready for the Next Step?

Department of Biology
Mendel Hall Room 147
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4830

Graduate Program Director:  
Dr. Anil Bamezai

         

DEADLINES

Fall Admittance Only

Mid-January: Application reviews begin

March 1: Admission and funding decisions are made on a rolling basis. Complete your application by March 1 to receive priority consideration.

August 1: Rolling admission without funding for the fall

If you are applying after May 15, please contact Program Director Dr. Irene Kan.

Begin Your Application.

      

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