• Experimental Psychology
  • Master of Science in
    Experimental Psychology

    MS in Experimental Psychology provides enhanced training in psychology-based statistics and research methods, which are necessary skills for Ph.D. programs and are in demand by potential employers. The program also provides the base in core fields of psychology along with the freedom of elective classes to allow students to pursue their own interests in the field. All students, whether online or on campus, students will receive that specialized attention expected with an on campus program and often missing from traditional online classes.

    Why this program:
    • Training to better prepare for doctoral programs
    • Marketable statistics and research methods training in demand by employers
    • Base training in a variety of fields within psychology to allow you to explore your own interests
    • Presentation and publication opportunities
    • Teaching assistant opportunities 
    • Travel abroad opportunities
  • Curriculum and Requirements

    I. Core Curriculum: 15 hours
           A. Statistics and Research Methods Courses: 6 hours
             PY 501 . Statistics and Research Methods I (3) 
    PY 502 . Statistics and Research Methods II (3) 
       B. Theory Courses: 9 hours
        Select three of the following four courses:
        PY 510 . Advanced Developmental Psychology (3) 
    PY 530 . Advanced Social Psychology (3) 
    PY 540 . Advanced Cognitive Psychology (3) 
    PY 550 . Theories of Personality (3)
     II. Elective Courses: 15 hours
      Approved electives from the 500 series of PY (15)
     III. Thesis: Minimum of 6 hours
      PY 500 . Master's Thesis Research (3) 
    PY 590 . Master's Thesis (1-3) 
     Total Minimum Required: 36 hours


    Note(s):   This program is also offered online.

    Program Completion Requirements

    • Completion of all courses required in the curriculum with a 3.0 quality point average (overall and in each requirement area).
    • At least 36 semester hours within the required areas. Credit hours beyond 48 will require special permission from the Department of Behavioral Science Chairperson and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
    • Completion of a Master’s Thesis.

    This degree does not qualify a student for any licensing certificate in the State of Alabama.  Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification requirements of their respective states.  To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and the Master of Science in Experimental Psychology program.

    Minimum Admission Requirements

    1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (four-point scale) or graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree or higher with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (four-point scale) is required.
    2. A minimum score of 300 (combined) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (verbal and Quantitative), and a minimum score of 3 on the writing portion.
    3. On time application packet that contains the application form, all student transcripts, GRE scores, a Statement of Purpose, and a list of three academic references with full names, titles/positions, school names, current telephone numbers and email addresses.

    Achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the degree program.  The admissions committee will review the application packets based on minimum requirements and capacity of the faculty members in the program.

    This program is also offered online.  Core Curriculum and Theory courses will be offered synchronously using Blackboard Collaborate beginning in the Fall 1 or Spring 1 terms, and will last the full sixteen week duration.

    Applications are due April 1 for fall admission, and July 15 for spring admission.

  • Testimonial

    Carolyn Mancuso The psychology professors at the University of West Alabama are incredibly knowledgeable in the field of psychology. Completing my honors thesis under Dr. Mark Davis prepared me for both the academic demands and thesis process that I would complete as I pursued my Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida. I strongly recommend the psychology program at the University of West Alabama.

    Carolyn Mancuso, M.A., BCBA
  •  Craig Walick Mark Davis, Ph.D., served as my advisor while I earned my master’s degree at the University of West Alabama; he also served as my supervisor in the Intergroup Perceptions, Emotions, Attitudes Research Lab (iPEARL). During my transition from a history and English undergraduate student to a graduate student in counseling and psychology, Dr. Davis was, and remains, incredibly gracious with his time in mentoring me through the exploration process of my new subject, my masters’ thesis, my Ph.D. applications, doctoral program admittance, and in my continuous development as a student of psychology and as a researcher. His passion and his mentorship has influenced me to continue to invest in psychological research and as a result, I have been privileged to present at the regional, national, and the international levels. I am grateful for his support and I would highly recommend Mark Davis, Ph.D., as a professor, advisor, and research supervisor for undergraduate and graduate students in psychology.

     Craig Walick
    Ph.D. Student
    University of Kansas