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Master of Arts in Psychology: Experimental Research

Cleveland State University's two-year graduate program in Experimental Research awards a Masters of Arts degree. This program provides students with a solid foundation in scientific research, through a combination of mentored laboratory experience and complementary coursework. There are six core faculty members in the program, providing the opportunity to gain expertise in cognitive, social, and/or neuroscientific approaches to experimental psychological research.

Training will culminate in the proposal and defense of a thesis research project, with the goal of publishing results. Our program leaves graduates strongly prepared for further doctoral training and/or careers in academia, biomedical research, business, or clinical practice.

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Department of Psychology
Phone: 216.687.2544

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE Test Scores for General Aptitude Test
  • Personal Statement
    • Write a brief autobiographical sketch stressing events or experiences that have contributed to your interest in psychological research (e.g., undergraduate courses or background; work experience; personal philosophy). What experience, if any, have you had in conducting psychological research? What are your goals and particular interests as a researcher in psychology, and how do you anticipate that the CSU program will help you satisfy them? What area or areas of research are you most interested in pursuing?  Please mention which faculty member(s) you would be most interested in working with.

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the GRE score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 & at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester – February 10th


Program Requirements


  • PSY 509 - Proseminar in Experimental Psychology (taken during each of four semesters during a student's two-year enrollment in the program);
  • PSY 511 - Univariate Statistics and Experimental Methodology
  • PSY 525 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 562 - Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • PSY 611 - Advanced Data Analysis With Computer Applications
  • PSY 677 - Foundations of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 699 - Research and Thesis (variable credit) (taken twice for a total of eight credits; offered every semester)

Requires 9 credit hours of electives that have been approved by an advisor. 

Did You Know?

The demand for psychologists in both clinical and research settings is high and there is projected to be growth of 14 percent through 2026.

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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Experimental Research program often pursue further graduate work in psychology or seek employment in research-related occupations. The skills and knowledge acquired in the Experimental Research specialization may provide a beneficial foundation for further graduate study in other professional fields (e.g., clinical psychology, law, business).
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Clinic, NeuroWave Systems, Case Western, Beckman Coulter, and Compass Group.