Program Requirements

Mapping the major

The experimental psychology graduate track at Missouri State is a 47-hour program that can be completed in two years, if you maintain full-time student status. You must maintain a 3.25 GPA and make adequate progress toward completing your degree to remain in the program. For a detailed listing of psychology courses, visit Courses Offered by Psychology.

Core course requirements (21 credit hours)

  • PSY 745 - Statistics and Research Design (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 750 - Advanced Survey of Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 752 - Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 761 - Ethical and Professional Issues (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 780 - Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 796 - Practicum- Research (6 credit hours)

Experimental track course requirements

  • PSY 799 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Plus at least 12 credit hours or 4 courses from the following experimental track course list:

  • PSY 606 - Perception* (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 612 - Personality Theory & Systems (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 614 - Behavior Management & Change* (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 619 - Cognitive Development (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 622 - Physiological Psychology* (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 625 - Motivation & Emotion* (3 credit hours)  
  • PSY 629 - Psychology Tests & Measurements* (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 634 - Psychology of Infancy (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 701 - Symposium in Psychology # (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 703 - Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 708 - Learning, Memory, and Cognition * (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 751 - Seminar in Methods of Research # (3 credit hours)

* Recommended
# Course offered when enough graduate students express an interest

Electives (at least 8 credits)

With the approval of your advisor, 600- and 700-level courses from psychology and other departments may be used to complete the electives.

Comprehensive examination

In addition to completing the above coursework, you must pass a comprehensive examination before a degree will be granted. Comprehensive exams are typically taken at the beginning of your fourth semester. The experimental comprehensive exam consists of two parts:

  • The oral exam will be an assessment of your competence in basic research design/methods, statistics, and the relationship between psychological theory and research methodology.
  • The written exam will consist of two comprehensive questions not related to your thesis work and will require a nine-page response to each question.

The answer to each of the comprehensive questions is to be submitted to Dr. Wayne Mitchell, who will distribute the comprehensive answers to three qualified readers. At least two of the three readers must approve each answer before a passing grade will be granted.

Research experience

To prepare for admission into a doctoral program, you must complete six hours of PSY 799 (Thesis) before earning your degree. The primary purpose of the thesis is to allow you to establish and demonstrate research competency.