Experimental Psychology - Curriculum

The general experimental concentration in Xavier's master's degree program in experimental psychology embraces a 45-credit hour requirement extending over two full-time academic years.

Program Content

Three themes run through the General Experimental program and are reflected below:

1. General Psychology - Four core courses that help assure basic knowledge within the general field of psychology (12 credit hours).

  • History and Philosophical Issues
  • Theories of Personality
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Learning and Cognition

2. Research - Other core courses reflect the importance of a research foundation in psychology (15 credit hours)

  • Advanced Statistics I and II
  • Computer Statistical Language I and II
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • Thesis

3. General Experimental Concentration.  A larger group of courses directly serve student interests in General Experimental Psychology.  For first year students, 6 hours of elective psychology courses are incorporated.  For second year students, these courses include 12 credit hours (18 credit hours).  Overall, these courses consist of:

  • Internship in General Experimental Psychology
  • 12 credit hours of related elective courses to fit student's professional interests


The six-credit hour required research internship involves the design, implementation, analysis and report of an empirical study over the course of a semester. To accomplish the latter, students participate in a research team under the supervision of the course professor. The student receives a final grade for the internship.


The required thesis carries six credit hours and takes the form of an empirical research study. Under the supervision of an advisor, the student develops a thesis proposal and presents this to a three-member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested psychologists from the Cincinnati community. Upon completion, the student presents the thesis to the same committee. A single final grade is assigned to the thesis.

Download "A Guide to Theses Proposal, Preparation and Defense."

Language Requirement

Students in both concentrations of the master's degree program must demonstrate proficiency in a computer language, typically gained through the courses PSYC 520 and 521, Computer Statistical Language I and II.