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Experimental Psychology Program Requirements

Students take courses organized in three tiers. All students in the program need to satisfy:

  1. Departmental requirements that are similar for students in all three of our graduate
    programs (Clinical, Experimental, and Industrial-Organizational);
  2. Experimental Program requirements regardless of concentration; and 
  3. Concentration requirements that are specific to Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Social Psychology.  

To complete the program, the student must complete 59 hours (or the equivalent for students who enroll with a master's degree in psychology, for which some credit hours may be transferred).  Students entering the program with a master's degree must present course syllabi and/or other documentation from earlier courses to the Experimental Psychology Graduate Program Director to negotiate transfer credits for the SLU course requirement.

In addition to formal course work, students are expected to be involved in research activities every term they are here.  The specific nature of these activities is negotiated in consultation with the student’s advisor.

  1. Departmental requirements (14 credits)
    1. Methods/statistics (12 credits)
    2. Ethics (1 credit)
    3. Human Diversity (1 credit)
  2. Program Core: All students in the Experimental Psychology Program will be required to take a Program Core, consisting of one 500-level course from each of the following areas.  Each course is a rigorous, entry-level seminar that provides an introduction to the major topics and questions addressed by the discipline.  (12 credits)
    1. Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
    2. Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    3. Neuroscience (3 credits)
    4. Social Psychology (3 credits)
  3. Concentration core: Advanced 500- or 600-level coursework in concentration area. (9 credits)
  4. Program electives: 6 credits of additional coursework in any of the Experimental concentrations and/or the teaching of psychology.
  5. Thesis hours: 6 credits
  6. Dissertation hours: 12 credits
  7. Research vertical teams (RVT):  Each term (including summer) that a student is in the program, the student will actively participate in concentration research teams that meet on an on-going basis.  These may be either individual lab groups, or concentration groups, or some combination thereof, as determined by the student's advisor.  The goal of this activity is to maintain constant involvement in research-related and other professional development activities throughout the student's time in the program.

Total Credit Hours: 59

Current students should consult the list of "Experimental Program Course Requirements" available on the shared (t) drive and/or in the Graduate Education Catalog for a list of specific courses that meet each of the above requirements.

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