Department of Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program
All Application Materials are Due January 15
for Admission the Following Fall Semester!
Program of Study
The University of Missouri-St. Louis offers a program of
studies leading to a Master of Arts Degree in General
Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Neuroscience. Masters students take classes with Doctoral level
students and need to have a level of preparation and qualifications
comparable to doctoral students. Thus, admission to the masters
program, as to the doctoral program, is competitive and only a small
proportion of applicants are admitted each year.
Students admitted to the Masters program in Behavioral Neuroscience area will receive training in one or more areas of behavioral neuroscience. The research interests of the core faculty may be found on the Behavioral Neuroscience Faculty interests page. Thus, Masters students will pursue an emphasis in an area of Neuroscience, Behavior and Cognition that coincides with core faculty expertise.
NOTE: There is no MA level training available in Clinical or
Counseling Psychology. Indeed, the MA degree does not constitute a
license to practice in Missouri or elsewhere as a professional
Research Facilities: To support student and faculty research programs, research facilities include a variety of facilities designed for research with animal models of learning and memory, sociosexual behaviors, neuroendocrinology, and neuropharmacology; computerized assessment of human cognition and neuropsychology; and psychophysiology labs with equipment for measuring nervous system activity including electrocardiogram, electrodermal activity, respiration, electromyogram, and electrooculogram as well as infrared video-based equipment for tracking eye movements and pupillary response.
A total of 32 credit hours is required for the MA degree with an
emphasis in the behavioral neuroscience field of experimental
psychology. The course of study may be pursued on either a full-time
or part-time basis although most graduate courses are offered during
the early afternoon hours. MA students take courses attended by
doctoral students. There is no thesis requirement for the Masters degree
The following graduate seminars are currently required of all Masters students in the Behavioral Neuroscience emphasis area:
- 7421 Quantitative Methods I (4 hours)
- 7422 Quantitative Methods II (4 hours)
- 5465 Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hours)
- 5407 Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
- 5468 Seminar in Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
- 5xxx Seminar in Neuropsychological Assessment (3 hours)
- 7483 Directed Research or 7484 Directed Reading
Other Recommended Courses
- 4330 Hormones, the Brain & Behavior (3 hours)
- 7403 Psychopathology (3 hours)
- 7412 Social Psychology (3 hours)
- 7423 Quantitative Methods III (3 hours)
- 7429 Psychometric Theory (3 hours)
Students should develop, in collaboration with their graduate
faculty advisor/mentor in the Department of Psychology, a useful and
compatible set of elective courses fitting their individual career
goals and preferences.
Completed applications are due to the
Graduate School by January 15 for admission in the following
Fall semester and should include:
- The completed application form for admission Call
Graduate Admissions, (314) 516-5458, for application kits and GRE
packets; Online Graduate Admission Forms are
available to apply for the MA program in General
- Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate
- General and Subject GRE scores Information about the
scheduling of GREs will be included in the package you receive
from the Graduate Admissions Office. Although a student may apply
for admission prior to actually taking the GRE, the results must
be available before a decision on an application can be made. To
expedite your application, please include the date when you took
(or plan to take) the Graduate Record Examination.
- Three letters of recommendation Evaluation
sheets and return envelopes will be included with the application
package from the Graduate Admission Office and you should give
them to the referees. The referees will return them directly
to the Graduate Admissions Office. To expedite your
application, please include the names and addresses of the
three present or former college teachers who have agreed to write
in support of your application.
- A personal statement of 300-
400 words outlining your interests in the field, the faculty member who you are
most interested in working with, and your tentative career goals. Please send the statement direct to Director
of Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Psychology at UMSL.
The contact person for the masters degree program with an emphasis
in Behavioral Neuroscience is Dr. Robert Paul (314) 516-5398;
e-mail address is PAULRO@UMSL.EDU.
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There is typically no departmental financial support available to
Master's students, although many graduate students apply for, and
receive, student loans. Some financial assistance in the
form of work-study funds and loans may be available through the
University Financial Aid Office. Many of our graduate students,
particularly those with expertise and interest in biomedicine and
physiology, have found part-time research positions at nearby medical
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The St. Louis Area
St. Louis and surrounding suburbs have a population of
approximately 2.6 million. The city has a long heritage as a river
port and link between the East and the West coasts of the nation that
is reflected in the cultural mix you will find here. Southern charm
tempers Northeastern industrial might. Small town type neighborhoods
are just minutes from football stadiums and nightclubs. To further
explore St. Louis, we suggest you connect to one of the following
For apartment hunters:
Many of our graduate students live in the University City/Loop
area. There is also a housing area known as University Meadows which
is just off campus. Other nearby areas include Clayton, Florissant,
Maryland Heights and Olivette.
If you will be visiting St. Louis for interviews, we would suggest
staying near the airport or in a hotel near a Metrolink station (St.
Louis' light rail public transportation system). The main campus of
the University of Missouri - St. Louis is located in North St. Louis
County and is easily accessible by Metrolink.
Some good travel links are: