New! M.S. in Psychological Science - Curriculum

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Graduate Program

The program includes a core curriculum required of all students (20 credit hours). These core classes include graduate statistics and research methods training as well as professional development classes. Students then select elective courses consistent with a Data Analysis/Research focus or an Applied/General Psychology focus for their remaining coursework (12 credit hours). In a typical course of study, students will complete the core credit hours during their first year, along with beginning their research work.  They will take the elective courses in the second year, as well as gain more research lab experience.  Not all courses are offered all years.  Thus, some students might choose elective classes their first year that will not be offered their second year. 

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, and all coursework must be taken for a grade if available (students may not elect to take courses credit/no-credit)

Core coursework (20 credit hours)

  • Psychology 500 – Professional Development for Psychology (2 credits)
  • Psychology 501 – Best Psychology Research Practices (2 credits)
  • Psychology 506 or approved equivalent (4 credits)
  • Psychology 507 or approved equivalent (4 credits)
  • Psychology 590 – Individual Research (8 credits)

Focus Areas

Student will choose to focus on Data Analysis and Research Practices or Applied/General Psychology or can choose electives in both areas to create a customized focus

Data Analysis & Research Practices focus area (12 credit hours)

Select 3 from the following course options (note - not all of these courses are offered every year)

  • Psychology 509 - Psych Scaling Multidimensional Methods (4 credit)
  • Psychology 531 - Psych Measurement in Industry
  • Psychology 534 - Models of Decision and Choice
  • Psychology 581 - Applied Regression Analysis (4 credit)
  • Psychology 587 - Hierarchical Linear Models (4 credits)
  • Psychology 588 - Covariate Structure and Factor Models (4 credits)
  • Psychology 589 - Categorical Data in Ed/Psych (4 credits)
  • Psychology 595 - Theories of Measurement I (4 credits)
  • Psychology 596 - Theories of Measurement II (4 credits)

OR General/Applied Psychology focus area (12 credit hours)

Select 3 from the following course options (note - not all of these courses are offered every year)

  • Psychology 404 – Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology 413 – Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology 414 – Brain, Learning and Memory
  • Psychology 417 – Neuroscience of Eating and Drinking
  • Psychology 450 – Cognitive Psychophysiology
  • Psychology 462 – How Children Think
  • Psychology 465 – Personality and Social Development
  • Psychology 504 – Theories of Attention
  • Psychology 518 – Experimental Psychology Human Learning
  • Psychology 524 – Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology 525 – Human Linguistics
  • Psychology 534 – Models of Decision and Choice
  • Psychology 537 – Development and Psychopathology
  • Psychology 546 – Practicum Classes such as Couples Therapy, Autism or Mindfulness
  • Psychology 551 - Theory in Social Psych
  • Psychology 553 - Foundations of Organizational Behavior
  • Psychology 593 – Clinical/Community Seminar (topics vary by year based on faculty availability and interest)

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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

Julianne GriffithJulianne Griffith

Congratulations to Julianne Griffith! She's been awarded an NSF fellowship for her research she describes below. Julianne is a Graduate Student in the Clinical/Community program area working with Benjamin Hankin. Research Summary: My research is interested in examining the social context of emotional development in adolescence, particularly as it relates to adolescent depression. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the ways in which positive emotions emerge and function in the context of close interpersonal relationships. For my NSF project, I aim to use experience sampling methods (ESM) to examine capitalization processes in parent-adolescent dyads, with the ultimate goal of learning more about how positive emotions are experienced and regulated in adolescents’ daily life.

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