More than a third of the overall course credits students take are concerned with research issues. These include two major research projects (a "first-year project" and an M.A. thesis).
All Master's students take a sequence of six graduate pro-seminars in each of the major subdisciplines in psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental, Cognition, Personality, Psychopathology, and Social).
In addition to these pro-seminars, students take a year-long sequence in statistics and a year-long sequence in Professional Development during their first year. The latter seminar is unique among M.A. programs, for it is devoted to the explicit training of students in becoming a professional psychologist. In particular, it focuses on developing the skills needed to prepare papers for publication, to give oral and poster presentations at conferences, to apply for grants, and to apply for Ph.D. programs.