Experimental Psychology Master's Program

Welcome to the Indiana State University Department of Psychology’s Master’s Program in Experimental Psychology web site! This program is designed primarily for students who wish to continue study for a doctorate degree in psychology's many experimental fields. Consistent with this aim, the programs emphasize research in areas such as cognition, development, social psychology, and biopsychology. Our program does not provide training for people interested in counseling or clinical psychology.

Students can pursue a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree. The overwhelming majority of students in our program pursue the Master of Arts degree. Both degrees require a research project, although we strongly recommend the Master of Arts degree for students who want to apply to doctoral programs.

Students who have graduated from our program have been engaged in a variety of activities. Some have gone on to doctoral programs in social psychology, quantitative psychology, educational psychology, and cognitive neurosciences. Other graduates have worked in positions where they could use the research skills they acquired in our program; for example, marketing researcher, statistical and research consultants, research associate, and director of student assessment at a college.

The experimental faculty members in our department come from a variety of backgrounds and are engaged in many different areas of research. Read more about our faculty members here.

Financial Aid Support

Most students accepted into the Master’s Program will receive some form of financial assistance, which is renewable each year. However, students must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA (on a 4-point scale) to be awarded a graduate assistantship.  This graduate assistantship will require 15-20 hours per week of work.  Scholarship awards that waive tuition and fees, exclusive of building and student service fees, are also available.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program should have completed at least 12 credit hours of study in psychology. These courses should include general introductory psychology, psychological statistics, research methods, and learning or cognition (or their equivalent).

We recommend that applicants have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale). Also, we recommend minimum scores of 151 on the GRE-Verbal section, 145 to 150 on the GRE-Quantitative section, and 4 to 4.5 on the GRE-Analytical Writing section, although test criteria are not rigidly applied in all cases.

To be assured of consideration for fall admission, all materials must be submitted by February 15. Financial aid applications must also be made by February 15. Enrollment is accepted only for the Fall semester.

Indiana State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap, veteran status, or age.

If you have any questions about our Master's Program, please contact our Student Services Assistant, Emilie McFaddin, or the Director of the Master's Program, Dr. Veanne Anderson, using the information below:

EMILIE MCFADDIN

Student Services Assistant
Phone: (812) 237-4314
E-mail: Emilie.McFaddin@indstate.edu

VEANNE ANDERSON, PH.D.

Director of Master's Program
Phone: (812) 237-2459
E-mail: veanne.anderson@indstate.edu

Department of Psychology