The Psychological Sciences Department offers a master's (M.A.) degree with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience (BN). The BN program has adopted an apprenticeship model of graduate training in which each student works closely and continuously with a faculty member within the realm of the faculty member's research interests. In your personal statement, it is important that you indicate the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work. The research interests of the core faculty may be found on the Faculty page.

Courses are offered only during the day. Thus, M.A. students are full-time as they earn the 32 credit hours required for the degree. The coursework provides the background and training in BN to qualify for a job in the field or to apply for additional graduate work toward the Ph.D. or another professional degree. An empirical M.A. research thesis is also required.

Completion of the M.A. program does not necessarily qualify a student for admission into the BN doctoral program. An M.A. student must reapply for consideration for the Ph.D. program. Applications for the M.A. in BN are made through Graduate Admissions on the Graduate School Webster.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all admission materials is January 15 of each year for admission to the Fall semester only.

Degree Program

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate coursework is required beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • A thesis is required for the master's degree.

Application Requirements

  1. Application
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 15 undergraduate hours in psychology before beginning the master's program.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation are required from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's recent academic work, normally present or former college teachers.
  4. Entrance examinations
    • Acceptable scores on Graduate Record Examination scores for the general test (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing).
    • International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission.
  5. Grade Point Average
    • Minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale overall and 3.2 in psychology courses
  6. Personal Statement
    • Please describe very clearly in 300-400 words your intended area of study and your reasons for wishing to pursue this course of study, including your perception of its potential relationship to your career goals and plans.
  7. Other information may be submitted directly to the Program Director, Dr. Suzanne Welcome, that the student feels is pertinent (e.g. manuscripts, curriculum vitae, or resume).

Application Fee

$50 for domestic applicants; $40 for international applicants.

Assistantships and Fellowships

Typically, there are no departmental funds available for master's students. On occasion, there are research assistant positions to work on a grant with a faculty member.