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.
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
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."
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.