College of Education and Allied Professions

General-Experimental Psychology Graduate Program

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The General Experimental Master’s Program is committed to its primary mission of preparing students to get into and excel in a Ph.D. program in a core area of psychology including social psychology, cognitive, developmental, learning, and physiological psychology.

We provide students with extensive research experience with multiple faculty mentors and fellow graduate student collaborators and offer courses in advanced statistics and research methods as well as courses in core academic areas of psychology. Through research and coursework students develop and sharpen the skills of a research psychologist that equip them to pursue a doctoral degree.

The WCU Graduate School provides more information about the Clinical Psychology graduate program and how to get information from and apply to the WCU Graduate School. The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 1, 2017.

Curriculum and Requirements

The goal of the General-Experimental track is to train students to conduct psychological research and prepare them to continue on to a doctoral program in a core academic area of psychology including cognitive, developmental, learning, physiological, and social psychology. Therefore, the program is heavily research oriented.

The program requires 37 hours of course work, 31 hours of required classes and 6 hours of electives.

Required Courses (31 hours)

PSY 650 – Advanced General Psychology (3hrs)

PSY 610 – Advanced Social Psychology (3hrs)

PSY 544 – Advanced Cognitive Psychology (3hrs)

PSY 651 – Advanced Research Methods and Statistics I (4hrs)

PSY 652 – Advanced Research Methods and Statistics II (3hrs)

PSY 599 – Pre-Thesis (3 hours)

PSY 680 – Directed Study (6 hours)

PSY 699 – Thesis (6 hours)

Electives (6 hours minimum)

PSY 555 – History of Psychology (3hrs)

PSY 548 – Neuropsychology (3 hrs)

Additional graduate elective course as available

- PSY 693 – Special Topics (3 hrs):

- Psychology of Prejudice (Tom)

- Close Relationships (Erin)

- Advanced Cognitive (Matt)

- Psychopharmacology (Windy)

Fall 1st Year

PSY 610 Social Psychology OR PSY 544 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)

PSY 651 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics I (4 hours)

PSY 680 Directed Study (3 hours)

Spring 1st Year

PSY 652 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics II (3 hours)

PSY 599 Pre-Thesis (3 hours)

PSY 650 Advanced General OR Elective (3 hours)

Thesis Prospectus Exam: The student’s thesis committee must be identified and the first three chapters of the thesis written and orally defended by the end of the Spring semester of the first year.

Fall 2nd Year

PSY 610 Social Psychology OR PSY 544 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)

PSY 680 Directed Study (3 hours)

PSY 699 Thesis (3 hours)

Spring 2nd Year

PSY 699 Thesis (3 hours)

PSY 650 Advanced General OR Elective (3 hours)

Elective (3 hours)

Exposure to research methodology and research experience is an important component of graduate training at WCU and particularly in the Experimental program. Graduate students pass a Thesis Prospectus Examination and successfully complete and orally defend a thesis. When conducting their thesis project, students work closely with a faculty chair, who is primarily responsible for supervising the student's research, and two other faculty who serve as thesis committee members. In addition to the thesis, students are required to complete 6 additional hours of directed study with a faculty member with the intent of developing a publishable project and presenting at professional conferences.

Experimental Psychology Faculty

Dr. Tom Ford

Dr. David de Jong

Dr. Matt Meier

Dr. Erin Myers

Dr. Windy Gordon

Dr. Ellen Sigler

David Scales
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