Graduate Resources

Thesis Information

Additional Resources

Applied MS Application
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Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Franklin Science Center 114
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA
(717) 477-1657

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M. S. in Psychological Science

Please note: The Psychology Department has changed its Graduate Program, effective Fall 2010. The degree that will be awarded is now an M.S. in Psychological Science and students must declare 1 of 3 tracks by the Fall semester of their second year. Students who were actively participating in the graduate program prior to Fall 2010 may 1) complete the old program or 2) elect to move into one of the new tracks and graduate with the new degree. All students entering the Graduate Program in Fall 2010 or after, or students electing to move into the new program, will follow the new program guidelines described below.

The Psychology department offers a graduate degree in Psychological Science. Students must commit to 1 of 3 tracks by the beginning of their second year.


Research Track

The first track, Research Track, is appropriate for those students seeking degrees beyond the Masters level. This track allows students to specialize in a subarea of psychology via elective selection and completion of a thesis (Thesis I and II). The thesis requirement will increase students' potential for acceptance into doctoral level programs and is required for the degree.

Applied Track

The second track, Applied Track, is appropriate for graduate students who are trying to secure employment in industry, government, or non-profits. Students have opportunities to take courses with more applied emphases (e.g., Human Factors and Cognitive Science) and have two semesters of real-world experience (Field Experience I and II) in industry settings. Successful completions of Field Experience I and II are required for the degree.

General/Reading Track

The third track, General/Reading Track, is designed to meet the needs of those seeking credentials or advancement in their current place of employment. Students will take basic required scientific courses, fulfill cluster requirements, and take additional coursework to broaden their scope. Their competence will be demonstrated by passing a comprehensive exam. Passing the competency exam is required for the degree.

It should be clearly understood that we do not provide training or accreditation for those interested in employment in counseling or clinical psychology upon completion of a Master's degree. If that is your area of interest, please see  Counseling Department in the College of Education and Human Services.

Ten (10) courses (30 credits) are the minimum required for graduation. By taking 9 credits each semester, one can complete the program in two years. You may take longer if you wish. By taking summer courses, it may be possible to complete the requirements in less time, but the department cannot guarantee that relevant courses for your particular goals will be offered during the summer sessions.