Tina M. Sutton, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
|Program Available Online?||No|
|Application Deadline||February 15 Priority Deadline|
|English Language Exams:|
Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
The master of science degree in experimental psychology builds on the strengths of faculty research and student interests in experimental psychology broadly defined. The program as a whole provides a foundation for further advanced academic study in human factors and/or experimental psychology.
The program includes 30 credit hours of core courses, elective courses, and a thesis. It also offers students two tracks to choose from: experimental psychology and engineering psychology.
The experimental psychology track embraces the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior. Faculty are experts in a variety of fields including addiction, attention, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, forensic psychology, perception, psychopathology, and social psychology, among others.
The engineering psychology track examines 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. Courses emphasize the role of human behavior and performance in both simple and complex human-machine systems. Students are trained in both research methods of experimental psychology and application of the results to contemporary problems in industry. This track prepares students to function as effective engineering psychologists in industrial, governmental, or consulting organizations.
Students in the engineering psychology track must select two electives (students should check for course prerequisites or if permission of the instructor is required). Any graduate course at RIT can be taken as an elective, assuming prerequisites are met.
Students select a thesis adviser during the first year. Selection of an adviser, thesis topic, and research proposal must be completed in the second semester of the first year of the program. Ongoing research activity is expected through the summer term of the program. At the completion of the thesis, students will publicly present their findings and defend their research before a thesis committee.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|PSYC-714||Graduate Engineering Psychology (AEEP track)|
|PSYC Elective (Experimental track)|
|PSYC-751||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|PSYC-642||Graduate Research Methods||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||30|
|HCIN-610||Foundations of HCI|
|HCIN-620||Information and Interaction Design|
|HCIN-700||Current Topics in HCI|
|HCIN-705||Topics in HCI for Biomedical Informatics|
|HCIN-715||Agent-based and Cognitive Modeling|
|HCIN-720||Designing User Experiences for Web-enabled Devices|
|HCIN-730||User-Centered Design Methods|
|HCIN-735||Collaboration, Technology, and the Human Experience|
|ISEE-731||Advanced Topics in Ergonomics and Human Factors|
|ISEE-732||Systems Safety Engineering|
|PSYC-641||Applied Psychology Methods|
|PSYC-716||Graduate Social Psychology|
|PSYC-717||Advanced Graduate Statistics|
To be considered for admission to the MS in experimental psychology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
The program includes an optional cooperative education component. Co-op is generally completed in the summer after the first year of the program. The co-op experience provides experiential learning that integrates with classroom education and allows students to apply psychological principles to problems in a variety of work environments. Co-op may be completed in any business or industrial setting.
The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.