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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 (BN). 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 selective.
Students admitted to the Masters program in BN 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. MA students work in the lab of a faculty member, and it is important to include in your personal statement the faculty member(s) with whom you want to work.
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 psychologist.
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:
- 5001 Seminar in Neuropsychological Assessment (3 hours)
- 5340 Human Neuroanatomy (3 hrs)
- 5400 Special topics in BN (1 hr for 4 semesters)
- 5407 Psychopharmacology (3 hrs)
- 5465 Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hrs)
- 5468 Seminar in Cognitive Psychology (3 hrs)
- 7421 Quantitative Methods I (4 hrs)
- 7422 Quantitative Methods II (4 hrs)
- 7483 Directed Research or 7484 Directed Reading (every semester until beginning 7492 Ph.D. Thesis Research)
- 7492 Ph.D. Thesis Research (minimum of 6 hrs total)
Other Recommended Courses
- 4330 Hormones, the Brain & Behavior (3 hrs)
- 4350 Emotions and the Brain (3 hrs)
- 4374 Clinical Neuropsychology (3 hrs)
- 5372 Social Neuroscience (3 hrs)
- 7403 Psychopathology (3 hrs)
- 7423 Quantitative Methods III (3 hrs)
Students should develop, in collaboration with their graduate faculty advisor/mentor in the Program, 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. Please see the webpage on Admission Criteria.
There are a few MA slots for which there is modest stipend that includes tuition waiver. The University budget changes each year and determines the numbers of these slots. Graduate students often qualify for student loans. MA students, particulalry with expertise and interest in biomedicine and physiology, have found part-time research positions at nearby medical schools.