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Master of Science in Psychology

Drexel’s Master of Science (MS) in Psychology is ideal for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods.

This research-based program allows students to take their first step into graduate education and begin a path toward further educational and career opportunities. The curriculum trains students in a range of research experiences in neurocognitive and behavioral sciences. In addition to required coursework, students must complete a minimum of eight hours per week of laboratory work with a research mentor. These activities culminate with the successful completion of a thesis project.


  • A mentor model in which students work one-on-one in a specific faculty member’s lab
  • A customized curriculum focused on training within a variety of specializations including cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology, behavioral/health psychology, forensic psychology, and analytic methods
  • A full-time, two-year graduate curriculum in scientific psychology and research methods
  • Completion of a master’s thesis

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Admission Requirements

The GRE General Test is required for the 2022-2023 admission cycle. Applicants to the graduate program in psychology should submit scores from the GRE for consideration by the admissions committee. Only applications for full-time status are considered. Official copies of GRE scores may be sent to Drexel (code 2194); Psychology subject test optional but recommended. For all questions about GREs and GRE score reports, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at or 215.895.2400.

Various factors are considered in choosing students. These include background in psychology, undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) GPA, GRE scores, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation. The minimum expected combined GRE score is 302, with scores 150 on each section (verbal, quantitative) of the GRE.


Students earning their master's degree in psychology should begin working on the thesis during their first year, developing ideas and examining the existing research literature. The student’s mentor can provide guidance in all areas of developing and writing a thesis and must approve the thesis topic before the student begins significant exploration on the proposed topic. Coursework, including two courses in research methods and three courses in data analysis, is designed to provide students the tools necessary to conduct their MS thesis under the supervision of their mentor. Details regarding the thesis submission and binding process can be found on Drexel’s Library website.

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