Why Earn a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology?
Experimental psychology students can specialize in any area of psychological research (e.g., clinical, cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, social). The program prepares students for enrollment in doctoral programs or for research jobs in the public and private sectors. Students have access to exceptional resources including direct access to research faculty, dedicated laboratory space and a large research participant pool.
Students can work toward their master's degrees either full or part time. Courses are offered in both the late afternoons and evenings.
Strong Research Support
Students receive considerable personal attention; most classes have fewer than 16 students. The program's small size makes it ideal for utilizing a mentorship model to teach research skills. Upon admission, each student is assigned a doctoral-trained research adviser. Students receive extensive training in research design and analysis and have access to the program's diverse faculty. Core faculty members bring demonstrated strength in biological, cognitive and social psychology, and affiliated faculty are available to mentor students interested in other topics.
Students and faculty then collaborate on research, culminating in the master's thesis. Recent thesis topics have included the relation of anonymity to aggressive driving behavior, social comparisons of attractiveness, television violence, working memory, and the role of parenting style and parental religious beliefs on successful religious transmission. Students frequently have opportunities to publish in journals and present research at conferences.
Dedicated Psychology Facilities
The recently opened Liberal Arts building on the Towson campus houses state of the art laboratory, teaching, statistical and clinical areas. Facilities also include a computer lab for instruction on statistical software packages, and separate research labs for cognitive, biological, developmental, general, and social psychology.
Diverse Career Options
Many job opportunities in laboratory research, experimental design and statistical analysis are available given the close proximity of nationally recognized healthcare institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Graduates frequently pursue doctorates in areas as diverse as biopsychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology and statistics at prestigious universities including University of Chicago, University of Maryland, and Princeton University.