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New! Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychological Science*

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Graduate Program

The Master of Science Degree in Psychological Science at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will advance students’ knowledge of the field of psychology, improve their research and data analytic skills, and enhance their preparation for a doctoral education in psychology and/or for jobs in industry.

  • Prepare for a career in applied psychological science or further graduate study in psychology
  • Earn a Master’s Degree in 2 academic years (32 credit hours)
  • Gain experience through professional development coursework, research opportunities, and interaction with leading scholars in psychology
  • Work in the research labs of world renowned faculty in one of the top ten departments of Psychology in the country
  • Choose a focus in Data Analysis/Research or Applied/General Psychology or combine elective credit in both areas to create a customized focus
    • In the Data Analysis/Research focus area, elective coursework involves advanced research methodology and data analytics (see Curriculum for specific coursework)
    • In the Applied/General focus area, students choose elective courses in Cognitive, Clinical/Community, Developmental, Industrial/Organizational, Personality, Social, and/or Quantitative Psychology depending on their interests
  • Note: no tuition and fee waivers are available to students in this program. You may work on campus to support your studies as long as the position does not generate a tuition and fee waiver. Acceptable jobs include graduate student hourly positions but do NOT include teaching (T.A.) or research (R.A.) assistant positions.

For more information and to apply please follow the links below:

*This program is pending approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Please contact psych-gradstdy@illinois.edu for additional information.

This web page is only for informational purposes. Official program requirements should be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, 603 East Daniel Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

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Graduate Spotlight

Katherine WoodKatherine Wood

Congratulations to Katherine Wood! She's been awarded an NSF fellowship for her research she describes below. Katherine is a Graduate Student in the VCHP program area working with Dan Simons. Research Summary: We don't perceive everything that passes before our eyes. Often this means that irrelevant information doesn't occupy limited cognitive resources, but sometimes these failures of awareness blind us to important aspects of our environment. My research focuses on these failures of awareness, particularly on the information that gets filtered out. What kinds of objects are we most likely to miss? When are we most vulnerable to these failures of awareness? How do changes to the task or environment affect this filtering? Better understanding of how we filter information from our environment can potentially help us understand demanding real-world tasks, such as driving.

Graduate Information

New E-mail Address

The Graduate Studies Office e-mail address is now psych-gradstdy@illinois.edu. Please note: messages sent to our previous address - gradstdy@cyrus.psych.illinois.edu may not have been received. We apologize for the inconvenience.