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 Noon to 1 p.m. (This 4-credit course does not count as one of the four electives.)
|NPSY-120b||Human Space Flight|
|NPSY-121b||Alzheimer’s Disease Resilience & Risk Factors|
|NPSY-139a||Memory and the Brain|
|NPSY-141a||Stress, Physiology, and Health|
|NPSY-180a||Social Neuroscience and Culture|
|NPSY-182a||Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Infancy through Adolescence|
|NPSY-196b||Adv. Topics in Cognition|
|NPSY-197a||Adv. Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience|
|PSYC-123a||Applied Bayesian Modeling|
|The Psychology of Deafness and Blindness|
|PSYC-130b||Life Span Development: Early and Middle Adulthood|
Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
|PSYC-140a||Statistical Analysis Software Applications|
|PSYC-142a||Sport Psychology: A Health Psychology Perspective|
|PSYC-148a||Applied Statistical Computing in R|
Psychology of Trauma and Adversity
|PSYC-160b||Seminar on Sex Differences|
|PSYC-169b||Disorders of Childhood|
The Psychology of Prejudice
|PSYC-193b||Tests and Measurements|
|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.