Montana State University

Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
Montana State University
Graduate Admissions Committee
PO Box173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440
Tel: (406) 994-3801

Department Head
Prof. Colleen Moore, Ph.D.


A. M. Babcock; Physiological psychology; cerebral ischemia, neurobiology of learning and memory.

R. A. Block; Cognitive psychology: memory and attention, temporal information processing, meta-analysis.

C. Moore; Developmental Psychology, early life effects on behavior such as prenatal alcohol, prenatal stress, and environmental pollutants. Risk perception and moral reasoning about hazards

•  W. C. Lynch; eating disorders, motivation, learning, behavior modification, physiological psychology.

Associate Professors

I. M. Handley; Social psychology; social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, expectations, and decision-making.

K. A. Hutchison; Cognitive psychology; attention, implicit and explicit memory, cognitive aging, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuropsychology

• M. L. Meade; Cognitive psychology; memory, cognitive aging, collaborative memory, individual difference in performance

J. L. Smith; Social psychology; self-regulation of motivation, gender studies, interpersonal and achievement goals, stereotype threat.

Assistant Professors

R. J. Brooker;Developmental psychology, psychopathology and neuroscience; Early markers of risk for anxiety problems, developmental trajectories of putative markers of early risk.

M. Skewes; Heath psychology.

M. J. Vess; Social psychology; regulation of existential concerns, authenticity, self-esteem, health decisions.

Degree Offered

M.S. in Psychology (with an emphasis on psychological science)

We offer a research-oriented Master of Science (M.S.) degree in psychology. Through advanced coursework, thesis credits, research colloquia, and individualized mentoring from faculty, this program is designed to train graduate students to conduct psychological research in the following areas: cognitive psychology, social psychology, learning, health psychology, physiological psychology, and developmental psychology. Our M.S. research program in psychological science prepares students for admission into a doctoral program or for employment in applied settings.


The Graduate Studies application process can be completed on-line at

You must also submit information listed on the Psychology Department's Supplemental Application form. Please note, on this form there is an essay requirement. (Specific instructions for the essay, and other requirements, are below.)

  • Essay requirement: In application materials, applicants must include a 1-2 page letter of intent/personal statement that summarizes your academic background in psychology or related field, career plans, research experience, research interests, and why you are applying to Montana State University's M.S. program in psychological science.
  • Graduate Record Exam Scores: The Psychology Department requires that applicants submit Graduate Record Exam Scores (General test, which yields a Verbal and Quantitative score). Please arrange to have scores sent directly to us. The GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required, but recommended.
  • All successful candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of psychology, as well as undergraduate-level training in statistics and research methods.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is February 1. For detailed Division of Graduate Education admission requirements, review the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections. Successful applicants must have their applications accepted by The Graduate School (with departmental endorsement) before an individual is considered a graduate student at MSU. Three letters of references are required.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science program requires a minimum of 31 credit hours of graduate level coursework. The required coursework is designed to provide students with a general overview of specific content areas, as well as with research methods and statistics in psychology. Courses we typically require include:

PSYX 501 Advanced Research Design & Analysis 2 3 credits
PSYX 502 Advanced Research Design & Analysis 1 3 credits
PSYX 539 Physiological Processes 3 credits
PSYX 541 Cognitive Processes 3 credits
PSYX 542 Learning 3 credits
PSYX 543 Memory 3 credits
PSYX 544 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYX 546 Social Cognition 3 credits
PSYX 590 Master's Thesis 10-15 credits

Financial Assistance

Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis, are usually available to formally admitted graduate students during their two years of study. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for detailed information on appointment criteria. Assistantships are requested by the student's home department.


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