The master's (M.A.) degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience (BN) has two tracks: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Both tracks involve course work on the biological basis of behavior and scientific inquiry. The thesis track has an apprenticeship model in which each student works closely and continuously with a faculty member within the realm of the faculty member's research interests. This work will result in an empirical research thesis. Both M.A. tracks are 32 credit hours.
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.
Upon completion of the degree, graduates of the M.A. in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience program at UM-St. Louis will be able to:
Goal 1. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research, and historical trends in Behavioral Neuroscience. (Psychological Science Knowledge Base)
Goal 2. Explain and apply (thesis track only) the scientific method to solve problems in Behavioral Neuroscience and articulate how the solutions rely on scientific reasoning. (Critical Thinking)
Goal 3. Evaluate, identify, and apply appropriate research methods in Behavioral Neuroscience, including research design, data analysis (i.e., selecting, conducting, and interpreting basic statistical tests) and data interpretation. (Scientific Inquiry)
Goal 4. Communicate using a variety of written and oral formats (e.g., papers in the format specified by journal or granting agency, oral research presentations, posters for research at conferences, grant applications, professional publications) in a clear, concise way. (Communication)
Goal 5. Evaluate and apply ethical principles to Behavioral Neuroscience research and teaching according to national and international standards, while adopting social and ethical values that build community at local, national, and global levels (Ethical and Social Responsibility)
Goal 6. Display professionalism and ownership of professional growth and learning through an evolving career development plan tailored to one’s accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievements, motivations, and work habits. (Professional Development)
Students in the thesis track M.A. typically receive a Graduate Teaching Assistantship ($5,000/semester + tuition remission) in their first year (and sometimes in (part of) their second year). Typically, no funding is available for non-thesis track M.A. students.
The deadline for receipt of all admission materials can be found here. This deadline is each year for admission to the Fall semester only.
See here for more information and to apply.
Application fees may apply.