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Master of Science in Psychology

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Doctoral students conduct neuroscience research in the CogNew Lab at Drexel University's department of psychological and brain sciences

Drexel University’s Master of Science (MS) in Psychology is the ideal foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods. Our research-based program allows students to take their first step into graduate education and begin a steady path toward more advanced educational and career opportunities. Our curriculum introduces students to and immerses them in a range of research experiences in neurocognitive and behavioral sciences. In addition to rigorous coursework, students complete a minimum of eight hours per week of faculty-mentored laboratory research; these activities contribute to the successful completion of the master’s thesis project.

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Program Format

  • Full-time, two-year, 45 credit program.
  • Required courses in statistics and research methods.
  • Many opportunities for electives in psychology and related disciplines.
  • Focused study in forensic psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral/health or analytic methods possible.
  • Flexible options for thesis completion.


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Program Overview

Drexel University’s Master of Science (MS) in Psychology is the ideal foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods. Our research-based program allows students to take their first step into graduate education and begin a steady path toward further educational and career opportunities. The master’s curriculum introduces students to a range of immersive research experiences in neurocognitive and behavioral sciences. In addition to rigorous coursework, students complete a minimum of eight hours per week of faculty-mentored laboratory research; these activities contribute to the successful completion of the master’s thesis.

In this full-time, two-year, 45 credit program students receive the same individualized, committed mentorship model as our doctoral-level students. Master’s students are able to take advanced graduate courses and work alongside their mentors and other students in our tight-knit, collaborative research environment. The master’s program curriculum is customized to fit the unique interests of each student and offers opportunities for focused study with coursework in forensic psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral/health and analytic methods.


Career Outcomes

About half of our students enter the workforce with a terminal master’s degree and establish themselves in positions as research coordinators at hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies. For our remaining students, the master’s degree serves as a solid foundation in psychology prior to entry into advanced doctoral programs. These scholars typically go on to pursue careers as clinical psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists in clinical practice, academic medical center, university and industry settings.


Our Mentorship Model

Graduate research is integral to building the intellectual life, growth and reach of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. An important feature of our master’s program is that students are not assigned faculty mentors — prospective students select mentors best suited to their unique program of study and interview with them as part of the application process. Once admitted, they work with the faculty mentor of their choice.

Students receive dedicated mentorship and critical hands-on training as active, contributing members of faculty research labs. These students often present their research at national and international scientific meetings and serve as co-authors on publications with their faculty mentors in distinguished, peer-reviewed journals.


Research Areas and Labs

The master’s program fits the unique interests of each student with opportunities for focused study in forensic psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral/health and analytic methods. Department faculty include world-class clinical and cognitive scientists who lead exploration across six core areas of research in psychological and brain sciences. Additionally, the department is home to the WELL Center, an interdisciplinary clinical research center dedicated to weight, eating and lifestyle science.


Faculty Accepting Students: 2022-2023

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences faculty are dedicated educators as well as leading clinical and cognitive scientists whose diverse body of scholarship advances the frontlines of academics, discovery and practice.

Click on each faculty member’s profile to learn more about their areas of expertise and research interests.

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All Program Faculty

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is actively engaged in vibrant research initiatives to advance the science and practice of psychology. Faculty publish widely in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals; are featured experts in national and international media; and are the recipients of major research awards from prestigious grantors including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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The Master’s in Psychology Thesis

Students in the master’s in psychology degree program begin working on the thesis during their first year, developing ideas and examining the existing research literature. Each student’s mentor works with them to offer guidance in all areas of thesis development: formulating a question, collecting and analyzing data, and writing the final thesis document. Students take two courses in research methods and three courses in data analysis to gain the tools and skills they will need to competently conduct their master’s thesis. More details regarding the thesis submission and binding process can be found on the Drexel Library website.

Drexel Library: Theses, Dissertations and Projects

Recent Theses

Students in our program complete theses on a wide range of topics. We proudly invite prospective students to review recent theses authored by our Master of Science in Psychology degree recipients.