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Master of Science in Experimental Psychology

What is Experimental Psychology?

 The 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, will receive the specialized attention expected with an on campus program and often missing from traditional online


  • Data analysis (Statistics and Research methods)

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Personality Theory

Elective Courses within:

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology

  • Family Counseling

  • Health Psychology

  • Psychopharmacology

“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

Extra-curricular activities

  • Research Opportunities – Work with faculty members in their research labs

  • Practicum and Internship Opportunities – Research, clinical, or counseling-based

  • Independent Research Opportunities – Generate your own experimental designs

  • Conference Presentation Opportunities – Work with faculty members to present at conferences

  • Publication Opportunities – Work with faculty members for the opportunity to publish research

  • Teaching Assistant Opportunities – Work for professors helping in their classes

  • Travel Abroad Opportunities – Exchange or summer programs

  • Emotion Training Opportunities – Macro and micro expression training

Job placement and career preparation

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 and Graduate assistant opportunities

Department of Behavioral Sciences, contact Dr. Mark Davis at or (205) 652-3570