Experimental Psychology Graduate Program


The Master of Science in Experimental Psychology program follows a student-centered mentorship model that provides rigorous training and experiences to develop and implement independent, theoretically driven empirical science. The program values engagement in scholarship that includes attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion within topics studied, research practices, and mentorship practices.

Student Learning Goals

The faculty and curriculum within the MS in Experimental Psychology are intended to foster:

  • Advanced understanding of psychological theory
  • Effective application of research design and quantitative skills
  • Engagement in independent original research
  • Understanding the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in both topics studied and research practices

Student Learning Objectives

To meet the Mission and Goals, students graduating from the program should be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate theories, concepts, and processes within neuroscience, cognitive, developmental and social areas of psychology
  • Design and conduct original psychological research
  • Analyze and interpret psychological data
  • Communicate effectively through writing and presenting research
  • Test research questions and/or utilize methods and practices that support equity, diversity, and inclusion in research

Director: Dr. Christie Scollon

The Experimental Psychology graduate program at Western Washington University provides an excellent foundation in psychology. Our program is based on a mentorship model in which each incoming student is paired with a faculty member with similar scholarly interests who will advise and mentor the student on their academic progress and scholarly activities. Graduates will have a solid background in research design, quantitative methods, and expertise in a specific research area, as well as a strong foundation for entering a Ph.D. in a psychology program.

The Experimental Psychology graduate curriculum provides in-depth research experience within specific domains of psychology: cognitive, social, developmental, and neuroscience. This goal is accomplished through a combination of coursework and research experience. Graduates earn an M.S. in psychology.

Download the Experimental Psychology Graduate Student Handbook