Brain waves at ASU

Psychology department adds new master’s program

By Eunice Tibay
On February 15, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro Volunteer researchers assembled together.

ASU’s psychology department will launch a new master’s of science degree program in experimental psychology in fall 2018.

The program will perform experimental research project with human and non-human subjects focusing mainly on behavioral neuroscience.

Aditionally, the program will prepare its students to enter doctoral programs and careers in laboratory research, psychometry and related fields.

"This gives them the research experience they’ll need, plus it also prepares them," assistant professor of psychology and co-director of the program Dr. Steven Brewer said. "If they don’t want to go on to a PhD program, they can go into a go into a private or public lab. They’ll be qualified as a research technician as well for fairly lucrative positions."

Although the program is mainly on-campus program some courses will be offered online.

Students may also choose a thesis route or a non-thesis route for their degree plan.

"A thesis is a project in which you form a committee and you write about the project- so it’s a committee-led project," Brewer said. "A non-thesis option is, for us, you start to do a research project. You just don’t have to have a thesis committee."

"So it’s more like a capstone project. So that’s essentially the difference: one is committee-led, the other is not."

According to the program’s page in the ASU website, interested students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25, or 3.5 for psychology coursework.

Students also need at least nine credit hours of undergraduate psychology coursework; a psychology degree is not required to enroll in the program.

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