Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Experimental Psychology MS

Program Overview

The Master of Science program in experimental psychology emphasizes the role of human behavior and perception in both simple and complex human-machine systems.  The departments of psychology, industrial and systems engineering and information technology all contribute to the teaching of specialty courses in the program.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 8 students enrolled in the graduate program at any one time.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • The MS degree program in experimental psychology has an optional cooperative education component. Co-op is generally completed in the summer of the first year of the program.
  • The goal of a co-op experience is to provide experiential learning that integrates with classroom education. It allows students to apply psychological principles to problems in a variety of work environments.
  • Co-op education may be taken in any business or industrial setting.

Salary Information

               Avg.                          Low        High
Co-op:   $16.56                     $12.50 - $20.00
*MS:      $43,092                   $40,653 – $50,275
*Statistics from the Nat’l Assn. of Colleges & Employers (NACE) for Spring 2016 graduates

Student Skills & Capabilities

Experimental psychology examines the capabilities and limitations to sense, perceive, store, and process information and how these human factors impact human interactions with technology.
The MS program prepares students to function as effective experimental psychologists in industrial, governmental or consulting organizations.
Students in the program take courses related to human-computer interaction, systems safety, statistics and research methods. These supplement core courses in Perception and Cognition covering core human capacities of interest in the design, implementation, and assessment of technology.

Professional/Technical Skills

The M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology at RIT incorporates two tracks, one in experimental psychology broadly defined and the other focused on engineering psychology and related fields.  The experimental psychology program is focused on research and advances in basic psychological processes in perception, brain and behavior relationships, thinking, memory, learning, social interactions, human development and related areas. Engineering psychology as a discipline is distinct from both psychology and engineering as well as from several other closely related disciplines. The goal of engineering psychology is the design of a better machine.  Students are trained in both research methods of experimental psychology and application of the results to contemporary problems in industry.

Nature of Work

An experimental psychologist is a type of psychologist who uses scientific methods to collect data and perform research. Often, psychologists with training in experimental psychology contribute across subfields, using scientific research to provide insights that improve teaching and learning, create safer workplaces, and promote healthy child development.

Training / Qualifications

To become a fully licensed, an experimental psychologist must eventually complete 3,000 supervised hours of practice. However, requirements may vary from state to state. Graduated doctoral students generally gain these hours through a combination of internships, research positions and entry level positions.

Job Outlook

According to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook for psychologists is projected to grow by 19 percent through the year 2024.

Job Titles

Experimental Psychologist


Experimental psychologists often work in private research centers and universities (where they are employed as professors), as well as nonprofit, business and government organizations.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Lockheed Martin, Compeer, RIT, Kodak (Human Factors Lab)

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Experimental Psychology program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education