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MS, Psychology - Experimental Psychology


MS, Psychology - Experimental Psychology

Dive into a captivating journey of unraveling the mysteries of human behavior and thought processes. Emporia State's Experimental Psychology concentration combines cutting-edge research with hands-on training and individualized mentorship. Our students and faculty complete collaborative research projects, present at national conferences and publish in leading peer-reviewed journals. Prepare for an exciting future in academia or applied research as you explore the fascinating world of social and cognitive psychology with us!

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More information on applying

Students seeking acceptance into the graduate degree program must first be admitted to the Graduate School of the university. First, Apply to ESU's Graduate School.

Candidates then seek admission to the program by completing the following:

  • A statement of purpose that describes the applicants' goals and research interests.
  • Submission of all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from regionally-accredited institutions.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can comment on the applicant’s potential for completing advanced graduate studies.

These items are all required: Applications are not considered complete and will not be reviewed until all of these elements have been received.

Application deadlines

Although applications are accepted year-round, in order to offer applicants assurance that an admissions decision and enrollment may begin on the desired schedule, applications should meet specified deadlines. Applications should be completed by February 1 to assure a program of study may begin during the fall semester, and October 1 for a program of study which begins during the spring semester. Materials arriving after those dates will be given due consideration, but an admissions decision may not be completed in time for enrollment during the desired semester.

Required application materials

Graduate School Application

Upon filling out the application, one has the choice to choose a concentration to supplement their Master's Degree. If one does not desire to choose a concentration, then leave that section blank on the application.

*Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

*Statement of objectives

*Three reference forms

Submitting Application Materials

The following items must be provided/completed at the time of application submission through the Application Portal:

*Unofficial bachelor's degree transcript

*Statement of objectives

*Three references or the names and emails of three recommenders

Official transcripts

Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to

If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle

Emporia, KS 66801-5415

GPA/prerequisite information

A grade point average of not less than 3.0 overall, or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours

Course prerequisites: A minimum of 15 semester hours of background courses in undergraduate psychology (not including introductory psychology), or the content of those courses completed via course equivalents as determined by core program faculty. This must include work in statistics, psychological testing, descriptive and/or experimental research methods, human development, learning theory (or a cognitive or educational psychology course equivalent to a learning theory course) and abnormal psychology. It is not uncommon that some prerequisite course work is missing for applicants; certain aspects may be met concurrently with MS in Psychology Program.

Typical plan of study

Students in the Experimental Psychology program take at least 30 credits in the psychology department. Typical course sequencing includes the following:

  • Research Design and Writing
  • Statistics II
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Theories of Learning
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Brain Function and Dysfunction
  • Additional electives as approved by advisor (e.g., Memory, Psychopathology)
  • Research Internship
  • Supervised Research & Thesis

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