Curriculum

I. Common Core: Two courses (8 credits)
PSY 551 (4005) Advanced Research Methods and Statistics I (4 credits)
PSY 552 (4035) Advanced Research Methods and Statistics II (4 credits)

II. Content Courses: Six courses (24 credits)

PSY 610 (4115) Learning and Behavior
PSY 611 (4125) Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSY 612 (4135) Advanced Sensory Processes
PSY 613 (4155) Psychopharmacology
PSY 615 (4215) Health Psychology
PSY 616 (4625) Principles of Neuropsychology
PSY 617 (4165) Memory Organization and Retrieval
PSY 650 (4105) Gerontology
PSY 651 (4225) Advanced Psychopathology
PSY 652 (4235) Assessment and Evaluation
PSY 653 (4245) Behavioral Medicine
PSY 654 (4265) Developmental Psychology
PSY 655 (4315) Personality and Motivation
PSY 656 (4325) Social Cognition
PSY 657 (4335) Advanced Groups Theory

III. Research Component: Four courses (16 credits)
PSY 770 (4415) Directed Studies I
PSY 771 (4425) Directed Studies II
PSY 793 (4515) Master’s Thesis I
PSY 794 (4525) Master’s Thesis II

Two-Year Course Sequence

First Year—Fall Semester
PSY 551 (4005) Advanced Research Methods and Statistics I
PSY 6xx Content Course 1
PSY 770 (4415) Directed Studies I

First Year—Spring Semester
PSY 552 (4035) Advanced Research Methods and Statistics II
PSY 6xx Content Course 2
PSY 771 (4425) Directed Studies II

Second Year—Fall Semester
PSY 6xx Content Course 3
PSY 6xx Content Course 4
PSY 793 (4515) Master's Thesis I

Second Year—Spring Semester
PSY 6xx Content Course 5
PSY 6xx Content Course 6
PSY 794 (4525) Master's Thesis II

The Saint Joseph's University graduate program in psychology offers students a general curriculum of study emphasizing experimental psychology. The program is designed to complement the strengths and interests of the present psychology faculty and facilities and reflects the current state of the discipline of psychology. It consists of a traditional and academically oriented forty-eight credit curriculum and requires the successful completion of a qualifying comprehensive examination and an empirical thesis project. The program is designed for successful completion over two academic years.

The curriculum is composed of three major components:

  • 2 "Core" courses: (Advanced Research Methods and Statistics I & II)
  • 6 "Content" courses
  • 4 "Directed Studies" and "Master's Thesis" courses (during which students complete a comprehensive examination and research thesis - click here for a list of completed master's theses)

The graduate psychology program is a full-time course of study. Classes are scheduled on weekday afternoons. Students are expected to attend these classes regularly. Attendance is also required at colloquia, lab meetings, and other functions of the Department of Psychology. In addition, students are expected to have time available during weekdays to conduct scientific research.