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Kayleen Islam-Zwart PhD
Department Chair
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6227
fax: 509.359.4366

Master in Psychology (MS)

**Application is closed for 2019 admittance**

Program Director
Danielle Sitzman Ph.D.
151H Martin Hall

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • comprehend the discourse of psychology and communicate using the conventions of the discipline;
  • be familiar with the historical context in which important theories in psychology were developed;
  • develop expertise in the broad science of psychology, including advanced knowledge in research methods, statistics, biological psychology, history and systems of psychology and human learning;
  • pose research questions and devise research strategies to answer them, including the use of quantitative methods;
  • gather information from many sources and present persuasive arguments, learn the primary ethical principles of psychologists and recognize basic ethical issues and violations and be guided accordingly.

Master's level graduate study in psychology provides the student with advanced preparation for entering doctoral-level programs in many areas of psychology including, clinical, cognitive, social, and neuropsychology. This program does not lead to licensure at the MS level, but does prepare students for appropriate master's-level positions.

What will I study?

The Master of Science in General/Experimental Psychology is intended to prepare students to advance to enter doctoral programs in psychology, research, and/or teaching in psychology. A set of core classes provides students in the program with foundational knowledge in the discipline that includes methods classes that impart research and data analysis skills.

Obtaining a Master of Science in psychology ordinarily takes two years, Beyond the core classes, the experimental concentration provides additional foundational and courses that emphasize your specific research interests. All students in the experimental concentration are required to take the following set of courses:  

Psyc 503: Proseminar: Scientific Methods (4)
Psyc 516: Human Memory and Cognition (5)
Psyc 596: Statistics in Psychology (5)
Psyc 522: Advanced Statistics (5)
Psyc 534: Human Neuropsychology (4)
Psyc 537: Advanced Psychopathology (4)
Psyc 539: Seminar in Special Topics (2)
Psyc 508: Professional Issues (2) P
Psyc 596: Tests and Measurements (5)
Psyc 600: Thesis (6 minimum)
Psyc 694: Practicum (16)

MS Psychology Faculty

Jonathan Anderson

Amani El-Alayli

Kayleen Islam-Zwart

Russell Kolts

Theresa Martin

Danielle Sitzman

Kurt Stellwagen

Phil Watkins

Bill Williams

Admission Requirements/Preparation
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All application materials must be received by February 15th  (if February 15th falls on a weekend the applications are due the following Monday)  **Application Deadline has been extended to March 15, 2019** for consideration of admission for a fall start. Applicants should meet the following requirements and provide the supplemental documents listed below.

    • Have a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits.
    • Meet the requirements of the Graduate School. Please read the graduate requirements
    • Apply online through EWU Graduate Programs
    • Submit all transcripts to the graduate studies office
    • Submit a statement of purpose via online application- Please provide a personal statement discussing your interest in obtaining an MS in Psychology. Please discuss the following in 2-3 pages:
      1) What motivates you to pursue an MS degree in psychology?
      2) What experience have you had in conducting psychological research?
      3) What are your goals and particular interests as a researcher in psychology, and how do you anticipate that the EWU program will help you satisfy them?
      4) Name(s) of faculty members with whom you may wish to work. Discuss in detail how your interests, goals, and experiences align with their research program. Note: We strongly encourage applicants to contact potential faculty members prior to writing their statement and become familiar with their current research in order to facilitate appropriate mentorship

    • Submit a vita via the online application
    • Have three (3) letters of recommendation-  You will now submit your recommenders name and email address via the online application. We suggest you submit this information early, as it can take time to receive the letters. All letters must be on file for your application to be complete.
    • Submit GRE scores --The Graduate Record General Test must have been taken no more than five years before the date of application.

Students should have a bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent. Ordinarily, the applicant's transcript must show evidence of courses in the following areas: scientific principles of psychology, inferential statistics, learning and personality theory, abnormal psychology, life span development, physiological psychology, history and systems in psychology and general/experimental psychology. Accepted applicants whose transcripts are lacking some areas of proficiency may be asked to complete appropriate courses prior to full acceptance to the program. Moreover, students applying for an MS in Psychology who do not have a history and systems course at the undergraduate level will be expected to add PSYC 490, Senior Capstone: The Tradition of Psychology, to their graduate program of study.

MS Psychology is not accepting applications to the clinical concentration in 2019

Students accepted will be notified of a general information meeting held during the week preceding the beginning of their first quarter, to provide orientation to institutional and departmental procedures and to provide information about registration.

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