The Master of Science degree in experimental psychology builds on the strengths in faculty research and student interests in experimental psychology broadly defined. The program has two main tracks, one in experimental psychology and the other in engineering Psychology. The latter emphasizes the role of human behavior and performance in both simple and complex human-machine systems.
Experimental psychology embraces the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior. Faculty in psychology are experts in a variety of fields including: addiction; attention; cognition; development; evolutionary psychology; forensic psychology; perception; psychopathology; and, social psychology among others.
Engineering psychology track students examine human capabilities to sense, perceive, store, and process information and how these human factors impact interactions with technology. This knowledge is applied to the design, use, and maintenance of human-machine systems. Students are trained in both research methods of experimental psychology and application of the results to contemporary problems in industry. The departments of psychology, industrial and systems engineering, and information technology all contribute to the engineering psychology curriculum.
The engineering psychology track prepares students to function as effective engineering psychologists in industrial, governmental, or consulting organizations. The program as a whole provides a foundation for further advanced academic study in human factors and/or experimental psychology.
For more information see the Graduate Student Handbook
Appendix: Thesis Proposal Checklist