The Psychological Sciences Department offers a Master of Arts in Psychology. Our Master's degree students are interested in research careers, and the program is designed to prepare students for admission to Ph.D. programs in all research areas of psychology.
This is a two-year, full-time, research oriented, residential program. We admit about 8-9 applicants per year – a small size that allows close interaction among students and faculty and superior student training. More than 80 percent of our graduates who subsequently apply for admission to doctoral-level programs are accepted.
Master's students are integrally involved in research conducted in the Psychology Department. In many cases, faculty members develop and work with research teams comprised of undergraduate and M.A. students. As a team, the group collaborates to design, conduct, analyze, and publish the work. Students regularly become coauthors of articles in professional journals.
Faculty support student interests in a wide range of research areas, including behavioral neuroscience, social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology. Laboratory facilities include observation and research rooms, an animal colony, laboratories for studies in human and animal physiology, perception and cognition, and social psychology. There are also developmental psychology laboratories devoted to infant, child, and adolescent research.
We encourage applications from students who are interested in research careers. The program is not appropriate for students interested solely in clinical practice. If your main interest is in counseling, please contact W&M School of Education's School Psychology and Counseling Program or New Horizons Family Counseling.
If you have questions, please contact the [[lbbolden,Psychology Program Administrator]].