Psychology MS

Major: Psychology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0 (MS)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 42.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-3031; 19-3032; 19-3039

About the Program

The master of science degree in the Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, is ideal for students interested in pursuing graduate education in scientific psychology and research methods. It is designed for students interested in advanced education in scientific psychology in order to obtain further educational or career opportunities.

The program is an opportunity for students to take their first step into graduate education, and to begin a path toward further educational and career opportunities. These opportunities may include further graduate-level training leading to a PhD, a career in research, or other educational and administrative opportunities. The curriculum is focused on training in a range of research experience in neurocognitive and behavioral sciences. In addition to required coursework, students are required to complete a minimum of eight hours per week with a research mentor in laboratory activities. These activities culminate with the successful completion of an empirical thesis.

For more information, visit the Department of Psychology website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general University requirements for admission, including a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last two years of undergraduate study. Applicants to the graduate program in psychology are also required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general tests. Only applications for full-time status are considered.

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.

For additional information on how to apply, visit Drexel's Admissions Requirements for Psychology page.

Degree Requirements

The general requirements for earning the MS degree in psychology are as follows:

  • Completion of all required coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, with no grade lower than a B in any required (non-elective) course and no more than two course grades of C or lower.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 45.0 course credits. Students take required courses and select additional electives.
  • Successful completion of required research laboratory hours (8 hours per week for 2 years).
  • Completion of a thesis.

Program Requirements

PSY 510Research Methods I3.0
PSY 511Research Methods II3.0
PSY 512Cognitive Psychology3.0
PSY 610Data Analysis in Psychology3.0
PSY 624Behavior Analysis3.0
PSY 710Data Analysis II3.0
PSY 898Master's Thesis in Psychology3.0
PSY 898Master's Thesis in Psychology3.0
PSY 898Master's Thesis in Psychology3.0
Additional Electives18.0
Total Credits45.0

For more information on specific requirements, consult the Master's of Science in Psychology website.

Facilities

Computers

Computer resources for student use include more than 20 personal computers (IBM, Macintosh) available in the library and 10 IBM PCs available in the computer laboratory. Both facilities are near the department. In both locations, word processing and biostatistics software is available.

By using computers from their homes or in the library, students have free access to e-mail and a wide array of online services (e.g., the Internet, World Wide Web, and literature databases such as PsychLit and Medline).

Library

Psychology books and journals are located at the Center City Hahnemann Campus library, Moore Campus Library on Henry Avenue, Queen Lane Library on the Queen Lane Campus, and the W. W. Hagerty Library on the University City Campus. The combined holdings represent one of the best psychology libraries on the East Coast.

Equipment

Testing equipment for classroom instruction is available to psychology graduate students. The program also has videotape and audiotape equipment available for classroom instruction and research activities.

Psychology Faculty

Cathy Bolton, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Program Evaluation in healthcare, supportive housing, and government-based social services; Design of performance metrics for quality assessment and clinical outcomes;Implementing Systems and Change Leadership to sustain Compliance with Regulatory Bodies.
Meghan Butryn, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Research Professor. Treatment and prevention of obesity and eating disorders, behavioral treatment, acceptance and commitment therapy.
Dorothy Charbonnier, PhD (SUNY Stony Brook). Assistant Teaching Professor. The nature of the creative process and writing.
Douglas L. Chute, PhD (University of Missouri) Louis and Bessie Stein Fellow; Faculty coordinator of ePsychology. Professor. Neuropsychology and rehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries.
Brian Daly, PhD (Loyola University, Chicago) Director, Practicum Training. Assistant Professor. Pediatric neuropsychology, intervention with at-risk youth.
Paige Davis, PhD (Durham University, England). Assistant Teaching Professor. The development of imagination in children; private speech; theory of mind and executive functioning; mental state commentary and mind minded parenting; audio verbal hallucinations.
David DeMatteo, PhD, JD (MCP Hahnemann University; Villanova University School of Law) Director of the JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Associate Professor. Psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy; offender diversion.
Evan M. Forman, PhD (University of Rochester) Director of Graduate Studies. Professor. Clinical psychology: mechanisms and measurement of psychotherapy outcome, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based psychotherapies, the development and evaluation of acceptance-based interventions for health behavior change (for problems of obesity and cardiac disease) as well as mood and anxiety disorders; neurocognition of eating.
Jennifer Gallo, PhD (Drexel University) Director, Neuropsychology Concentration. Associate Teaching Professor. Neuropsychology of aging and dementia; neurocognitive correlates of goal-directed activities; behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
Pamela Geller, PhD (Kent State University). Associate Professor. Stressful life events and physical and mental health outcomes, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health (e.g. pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, medical education).
Maureen Gibney, PsyD (Widener University). Associate Teaching Professor. Clinical psychopathology; neuropsychological evaluation and intervention with the elderly.
Naomi Goldstein, PhD (University of Massachusetts) Co-Director of the JD-PhD Program; Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow. Associate Professor. Forensic psychology; juvenile justice; Miranda rights comprehension; false confessions; juvenile justice treatment outcome research; anger management intervention development; child and adolescent behavior problems.
Kirk Heilbrun, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) Interim Department Head. Professor. Forensic psychology, juvenile and adult criminality, violence risk assessment, forensic psychological assessment, treatment of mentally disordered offenders, academic-sports mentoring.
James D. Herbert, PhD (University of North Carolina) Dean, Graduate College; Executive Vice Provost. Professor. Assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders; acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapies; the role of empiricism in clinical psychology; evidence-based practice in behavioral health.
Adrienne Juarascio, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Enhancing treatment outcomes for eating disorders and obesity; Acceptance-based behavioral treatments; Evaluating mechanisms of action in behavioral treatments
Marlin Killen, PhD (Trident University International) Faculty Coordinator of ePsychology; Online Learning Council Fellow. Associate Teaching Professor. Authentic teaching methods in Psychology as well as student persistence behavior.
John Kounios, PhD (University of Michigan) Director, PhD Program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, especially creativity, problem solving, and cognitive enhancement.
Michael Lowe, PhD (Boston College). Professor. Prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity; effects of appetitive responsiveness and dietary restraint on eating regulation; psychobiology of obesity-proneness; empirical foundations of unconscious processes.
Dan Mirman, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Professor. Recognition, comprehension, and production of spoken words; organization and processing of semantic knowledge; computational models of brain and behavior; statistical methods for analysis of time course data
Arthur Nezu, PhD, DHLL, ABPP (State University of New York at Stony Brook). Distinguished Professor. Behavioral medicine applications of problem-solving therapy and other cognitive-behavior therapies (e.g., to decrease emotional and psychosocial risk factors; improve adherence), particularly with regard to patients with cardiovascular disease; assessment.
Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Professor. Cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment for mood, anxiety, personality disorders, and coping with chronic illness; mind/body studies; stress and coping; developmental disabilities and comorbid behavioral and emotional disorders; spirituality and psychology.
Karol Osipowicz, PhD (Thomas Jefferson University) Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies. Assistant Teaching Professor. The application of advanced neuroimaging to the study of human brain function and anatomy.
Nancy Raitano Lee, PhD (University of Denver). Assistant Professor. Neuropsychological and neuroanatomic correlates of intellectual and developmental disabilities; Verbal memory and language difficulties in Down syndrome and other genetic disorders; Comorbid autism spectrum disorder symptoms in youth with genetic disorders; Neuroanatomic correlates of individual differences in typical and atypical cognition
Diana Robins, PhD (University of Connecticut) Research Program Leader, Early Detection and Intervention Program, AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Autism screening, early detection of autism
Ludo Scheffer, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of Undergraduate Studies; Chair Senate Committee on Academic Affairs. Teaching Professor. Meta-cognitive development, writing, and computers; Language and literacy development in the early years in the context of family and schooling; Youth-at-risk; School violence and bullying; Program/intervention effectiveness
Maria Schultheis, PhD (Drexel University) Director of Clinical Training. Associate Professor. Clinical Neuropsychology and rehabilitation following neurological compromise (brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis), application of technologies in psychology. Specialization in the use of virtual reality (VR) simulation, and evaluation of the demands of driving after disability.
Jennifer Schwartz, PhD (Idaho State University) Director of Psychological Services Center. Associate Teaching Professor. Adult psychopathology; evidence-based clinical practice; competency-based training; competency-based clinical supervision.
Chris Sims, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Assistant Professor. Learning and decision-making under uncertainty; visual memory and perceptual expertise; sensorimotor control and motor learning; computational models of cognition.
Julia Sluzenski, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Spatial and episodic memory, memory loss across the lifespan, developmental psychology.
Mary Spiers, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Director MS and BS/MS Programs. Associate Professor. Clinical neuropsychology and medical psychology; memory and practical applications for memory disorders in the elderly; cognitive health of women.
J. Michael Williams, PhD (University of Vermont). Associate Professor. Memory disorder; traumatic brain injury; auditory neglect; neuropsychological assessment; recovery and rehabilitation of brain function; functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Neuroimaging data analysis; Data mining; Bayesian inference; High dimensional data analysis
Eric A Zillmer, PsyD (Florida Institute of Technology) Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology and the Director of Athletics. Professor. Psychological assessment (neuropsychological, cognitive, personality), psychiatric and neurological disorders, behavioral medicine, neurogerontology, mathematical modeling, sports psychology, psychology of genocide.

Emeritus Faculty

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD (Yale University, New York University). Professor Emeritus. Law and psychology; mental health law.
Thomas T. Hewett, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Professor Emeritus. Human computer interaction and cognitive engineering; development of computing environments to support knowledge, workers, and high performance experts.
Myrna Shure, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Child development, problem-solving interventions with children, prevention programs.
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