Psychological Science

Master in Arts Degree

Program Overview

Our two-year graduate program in Psychological Science awards a Masters of Arts degree. This program provides students with a solid foundation in scientific research, through a combination of mentored laboratory experience and complementary coursework. There are eight core faculty members in the program, providing the opportunity to gain expertise in cognitive, social, and/or neuroscientific approaches to experimental psychological research. Training will culminate in the proposal and defense of a thesis research project, with the goal of publishing results. Our program is designed to prepare students for further doctoral training and/or careers in academia, biomedical research, business, or clinical practice (see Alumni section for testimonials).

2023-2024 Psychological Science Program Handbook

2022-2023 Psychological Science Program Handbook 


Program Requirements

Our two-year curriculum complements laboratory experience to establish a solid foundation in research, with an additional focus on professional development to prepare students for the future.​

Required Courses ​

  • PSY 509: Proseminar in Psychological Science
  • PSY 511: Univariate Statistics
  • PSY 611: Advanced Data Analysis  ​
  • PSY 512: Research Methods​
  • PSY 593: Special Topics in Psychological Science
  • PSY 598: Advanced Research in Psychological Science
  • At least one of the following
    • PSY 525: Social Psychology
    • PSY 562: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
    • PSY 677: Foundations of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience ​
  • PSY 599: Thesis​ Development
  • PSY 699: Research and Thesis


  • Rigorous scientific research training program
  • Hands-on laboratory experience with direct mentoring from one of our core faculty members
  • Coursework in statistics and methodology is structured to augment research training
  • Affordable tuition with remittances available
  • Travel funds available for presentation at scientific conferences
  • Focus on professional development, preparing students for future applications to doctoral programs and/or careers in academia or health sciences


The following core faculty members provide research mentorship for students in the Psychological Science program. Follow the links to their individual websites for more details.

Faculty Profile Title Lab Name
Eric Allard Associate Professor and Chair Aging, Cognition, and Emotion Laboratory (ACE Lab)
Elizabeth Goncy Associate Professor HEAlthy RelaTionships Lab (HEART)
Michael Horvath Professor  Horvath Organizational Psychology Research (HOPR) Laboratory
Robert Hurley Assistant Professor Neurocognitive Systems Laboratory
Conor McLennan Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Arts & Sciences Language Research Laboratory
Kathleen Reardon Assistant Professor Multimethod Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology (MAPP) Lab
Andrew Slifkin Professor, Program Director Action Laboratory
Albert Smith Professor  
Kenneth Vail Associate Professor Social Psychology & Existential Attitudes Research (SPEAR) Lab

Research Facilities

Faculty now benefit from over 14,600 square feet of dedicated research space in the new home of the CSU Department of Psychology: the Union Building on Euclid Avenue. Close proximity between laboratories, faculty and student offices promote collaboration in research. Faculty employ a wide range of research methods and technologies, allowing students to develop an optimal approach for their particular research questions