Graduate Program (MA)

General Experimental Psychology

At Xavier our students explore methods, create research designs, collect data, and analyze results to study behavior and mental processes. They explore such topics as social processes, cognition, learning, and memory. With the support of a Jesuit education, they know how to think critically and become excellent learners and communicators ready to tackle today's global issues.

Admission

  • The applicant's ability to write, as reflected in the Statement of Purpose, as well as in technical writing, shown in published research, is also taken into account.
  • Above all, the applicant should demonstrate why they are interested in pursuing graduate study in general experimental psychology, and why they feel Xavier is appropriate for that study.

We are not currently accepting applications to this program for Fall 2018.

Admission Process

Please be advised that we are not accepting applications to this program for Fall 2018.

Applicants from foreign countries or those who completed their degree overseas are required to submit transcripts evaluated by World Educational Services, a financial statement, a sponsorship letter, and official TOEFL scores. All applicants should see that the School of Psychology receives the following items:

  • Apply on-line.
  • A non-refundable $35.00 application fee.
  • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. These include colleges and universities that involve transfer credits.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Please include this form with each recommendation letter.
  • A written statement (Statement of Purpose) reflecting a commitment to general experimental psychology.
  • GRE scores -- General Knowledge (required).
  • A completed application for financial assistance (optional).
  • Any other information that might aid in the selection process (for example, relevant research and/or work experience).

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate research and lab/teaching assistantships are available within the School of Psychology. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships in other departments on campus. For more information on these assistantships, contact Graduate Services at 513 745-3360 or e-mail xugrad@xavier.edu.

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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
  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

Internship

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.

Thesis

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.

Computer 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.

Sample Courses

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

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

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).

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MA $680
XPAGS Fee (one time) $50
Liability Insurance $36
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

19% The 2015 Outlook Occupational Handbook published by The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a job-growth rate of 19% (much faster than the average for all occupations) in the fields of psychology.

19%

The 2015 Outlook Occupational Handbook published by The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a job-growth rate of 19% (much faster than the average for all occupations) in the fields of psychology.

Psychology Options

We offer several ways for you to earn your advanced psychology degree

Clinical

Doctoral program: PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Our APA accredited Doctor of Psychology embraces Xavier's highest standards of ethics, service and academic excellence.

Designed to transform students into highly skilled general practitioners of clinical psychology, every graduate completing this program successfully finds employment. Far from being a purely academic degree, the 2016 Bureau of Labor statistics reports that doctoral candidates have the best job opportunities in clinical, counseling, school psychology or private practice.

Experiment

MA in General Experimental Psychology

Understanding behavior evolves from research. And many of the historical breakthroughs that popularly define "psychology" in the broadest sense, from the Pavlovian response to delayed gratification, began as an experiment. General Experimental, or research Psychology explores, develops and tests methods to study behavior and mental processes. The General Experimental Psychology program at Xavier is a very small program that supports the work of individual students with particular faculty with whom they share a research interest. Graduates of the program frequently apply to Ph.D. programs at other Universities.

Industrial

MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

According to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society. From organizational consultants to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful scientists-practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.

GENERAL EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM

gain academic expertise
GAIN ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

Under the supervision of an advisor, you'll develop, produce and present a thesis to a three member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested psychologists from the Cincinnati community

learn in a professional environment
LEARN IN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT

A six-credit hour internship comprises a minimum of 240 hours of supervised work experience in a setting appropriate to the student's interests

developing a network of colleagues
DEVELOP A NETWORK OF COLLEAGUES

Graduate student organizations include the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Xavier Psychological Association Graduate Students and XU Graduate Student Organization

Graduate Faculty Profile: Dr. Christian End

Dr. Christian End is, arguably, the most quoted professor on campus. The associate professor of psychology is an expert in understanding the behavior of sports fans, who sometimes seem to defy logic but leave him with an unending source of examples for his research.

"I research the identification between sport fans and their teams, and how this identification impacts behavior such as fan aggression, defensive reactions to defeat, affiliation tendencies and the use of technology. I recently examined the impact of sports on romantic relationships.

My classes are designed to showcase the "real world" applicability of psychological theory and research. My social psychology course examines how one's behaviors and thoughts impact others and are impacted by others. My experimental psychology course provides insight into the research process and develops critical thinking, writing and presentation skills. So far no one has booed or thrown a beverage at me. Yet."