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Successful completion of eight courses is required for the degree, including:

  • PSYC 210a & 210b - Advanced Psychological Statistics (two semesters)
  • PSYC 211a* - Graduate Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 250b - Master’s Project Readings (Readings and research for master's thesis. This 4-credit course is offered only in the spring semester.)
Students are also required to choose four courses in consultation with their faculty advisor to develop a broad foundation in psychology (Cross-listed courses count toward your requirements with your advisor's approval).
NPSY 120b Man in Space
NPSY 125a Advanced Topics in Perception and Adaptation
NPSY 128b Motor Control, Orientation, and Adaptation
PSYC 130b Life Span Development: Adulthood and Old Age
PSYC 131a Cross Cultural Seminar
PSYC 133a Seminar in Nonverbal Communication
PSYC 134a Emotions and Well-Being
PSYC 135b Seminar in Social Cognition
PSYC 136b Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
NPSY 137b Cognitive Modeling
NPSY 141a  Stress, Physiology & Health
PSYC 145b Aging in a Changing World
PSYC 150b Organizational Behavior
NPSY 154a Human Memory
PSYC 155a Perceptual Development
NPSY 159a Advanced Topics in Episodic Memory
PSYC 160b Seminar on Sex Differences
PSYC 167b Schools of Psychotherapy
NPSY 168b Electrophysiology of Human Memory
PSYC 169b Disorders of Childhood
NPSY 174b Visual Cognition
NPSY 175b The Neuroscience of Vision
PSYC 180a Social Neuroscience and Culture
PSYC 193b Tests and Measurements
PSYC 195a History of Psychology
NPSY 196b Advanced Topics in Cognition
NPSY 197a Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
NPSY 199a Human Neuropsychology
NPSY 207b Seminar in Perception

Students are encouraged to register and attend PSYC 316a Psychology Research Seminar, which is a Brown Bag Lunch held every Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.


The Master’s Project Readings course culminates in a Master’s Thesis, which is either an empirical research project or a comprehensive literature review. In consultation with your advisor, students must choose a second reader for their project from within the Psychology Department, and must submit a written thesis proposal. The final written thesis must be completed and submitted to your advisor and second reader one month prior to the Graduate School’s deadline. For deposit deadlines, please refer to the academic calendar. Full time students along with their advisor may choose to complete the program in as early as nine months or up to two years (additional fees apply after the first academic year).