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

PSYC 210a & PSYC 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.)

* PSYC 215a  Multivariate Statistics I: Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) may be taken  in place of PSYC 211a with permission of advisor and instructor

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 thesis may be conducted either as an empirical research project, or  a comprehensive literature review with a research proposal. In consultation with their advisor, students must choose a second reader for their thesis, and must submit a written thesis proposal. The final written thesis must be completed and approved by advisor and second reader before graduation. Please refer to the academic calendar for dates thesis must be deposited in the Graduate School. Full time students along with their advisor may choose to complete the program in as early as nine months or up to two years.