Other Concentrations

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration

The MA in psychology is distinguished by its emphasis on basic research and the application of research to solve practical problems in families, industry, government, and health care settings. Because of the program’s proximity to Washington D.C., students have access to many employment and continuing education opportunities in research, academia, and consulting within government, public, and private settings. 

The psychology MA offers the following concentrations:

  •     applied developmental psychology 
  •     cognitive and behavioral neuroscience 
  •     human factors/applied cognition 
  •     industrial/organizational psychology 

While the department does not offer a master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology, a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology is available for students who have been admitted to the doctoral program concentration in clinical psychology.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-32

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Choose one concentration and complete the requirements therein.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)

The concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

Specialized Content

PSYC 531 Mammalian Neurobiology 3
PSYC 558 Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory 3
Total Credits 6

Additional Course 

Select one course from the following: 3
Behavioral Chemistry  
Total Credits 3

Quantitative Methods 

PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Advanced Statistics  
Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance  
Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques  
Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology  
Special Topics 1  
Special Topics in Psychology 2  
Total Credits 7-8

Professional Seminar 

One credit of 1
Seminar in Professional Psychology  
Total Credits 1


Students complete the 30 credits required for the degree through additional credits of coursework or research. 

Select at least 7 credits from courses below or other courses with the approval of advisor. 7
Special Topics (Animal Behavior) 1  
Special Topics in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) 2  
Total Credits 7


A thesis is normally required, but 6 credits of PSYC 792 Psychology Practicum may serve as a substitute if approved by the advisor and program coordinator.

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799 Master's Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Thesis Proposal  
Master's Thesis (minimum of 3 credits)  
Total Credits 6