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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 from the list of 100-level or higher electives below, in consultation with their faculty advisor to develop a broad foundation in psychology (Cross-listed courses can count toward the requirements with advisor approval).

Students are also strongly encouraged to register for and attend PSYC 316a (Psychology Research Seminar) both semesters, which is a Brown Bag Lunch held every Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. (This 4-credit course does not count as one of the 4 electives.)

NPSY120b Man in Space
NPSY125a Adv. Topics in Perception & Adaptation
NPSY137b Cognitive Modeling
NPSY 141a Stress, Physiology, and Health
NPSY154a Human Memory
NPSY174b Visual Cognition
NPSY196b Adv. Topics in Cognition
NPSY 197a Adv. Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
NPSY199a Human Neuropsychology
PSYC130b Life Span Development: Early and Middle Adulthood
PSYC 133a Seminar in Nonverbal Communication
PSYC 134a Emotions and Well-Being
PSYC 135b Seminar in Social Cognition
PSYC 136b Adv. Topics in Developmental Psych.
PSYC 140a Statistical Analysis Software Applications
PSYC 142a Sports Psychology
PSYC 150b Organizational Behavior
PSYC 155a Interpersonal Sensitivity
PSYC160b Seminar on Sex Differences
PSYC 167b Schools of Psychotherapy
PSYC 169b Disorders of Childhood
PSYC 193b Tests and Measurements
PSYC 213a Social Neuroscience and Culture
PSYC 215a Multivariate Statistics I
PSYC 216a Multivariate Statistics II


The Master’s Project Readings course culminates in a Master’s Thesis, which is either an empirical research project or a comprehensive literature review with research proposal. In consultation with their advisor, students must choose a second reader for their MA project from within the Psychology Department, and must submit a written thesis proposal. The final written thesis must be completed and submitted to the advisor and second reader one month prior to the Graduate School’s deposit deadline. After final approval, the master's thesis must be deposited electronically to the Robert D. Farber University Archives at Brandeis. For deposit deadlines, please refer to the academic calendar.