Jan 29, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Experimental Psychology, MS

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Program Director
Ralf Greenwald, PhD
Psychology Bldg., Room 428

The Experimental Psychology Graduate Program reflects our commitment to providing students with a generalized background in experimental psychology at the graduate level. Students are expected to complete a set of required core courses and a set of electives that allow the students to concentrate in areas of study adequately represented among the faculty. These areas include cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology, health psychology, and animal behavior. It is possible to develop curricular tracks in other areas of psychology and/or interdisciplinary programs; however, to be certain that the curriculum can be developed to meet the student’s needs, it should be planned in consultation with a faculty advisor prior to enrollment in the program.

Applicants for admission should indicate their interest area(s) and potential faculty advisors in their personal statement of goals. Upon enrolling, students will meet with their faculty advisors to discuss academic objectives and to establish a research plan. Collaborative research that is developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor and that may lead to the student’s thesis is encouraged.

Prerequisites: PSY 300 and 362 and 363 (or approved equivalents). Prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently with certain program courses.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Write in the language of the discipline, using the elements of style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • Describe, perform, and use data analyses for particular data sets
  • Describe, assess, and utilize common research designs and measurement tools in psychology
  • Design, conduct, and report psychological research.
  • Engage in scholarly and professional activities, including presenting research at formal and/or informal professional events.
  • Performing professional skills in supervised practice setting.

Methods and Statistics Courses Credits: 11-13

Choose at least three of the five courses listed below:

Required Courses Credits: 22

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 10-12

Electives in areas of concentration (selected in consultation with advisor). Must be approved by program director.


Students must present their research either at CWU’s annual on-campus Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) or at another conference or public forum. This requirement must be completed at least two weeks before the end of the quarter in which the student is graduating.

Total Credits: 45

College and Department Information

Psychology Department  
College of Education and Professional Studies  

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