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Department of Psychology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-3801
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Location: 304 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. Colleen Moore

Dept Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis

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Psychology Graduate Program Overview

The Department of Psychology at Montana State University offers a research-oriented Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychological Science. Psychological Science is a broad term for scientific research in the core academic areas of psychology.  These areas include cognitive, developmental, health, learning, physiological, and social psychology.   Psychologists conducting psychological research work in a wide range of settings such as colleges and universities, health care facilities, federal & state government, small & large businesses, and many other places.

The goal of our two-year graduate program is to train students to conduct psychological research. The psychology department at MSU does not have graduate faculty who specialize in clinical, counseling, community, or school psychology.  Moreover, we are not a practitioner-oriented or MBA-type program.  We are a program for students who want to continue on to a doctoral program in psychology and conduct research. 

To satisfy the degree requirements, students must work intensively with their advisor to complete a research project culminating in a written master's thesis. Six graduate-level psychology courses and one additional supporting course (e.g., biology, statistics, and sociology) are also required. General areas of faculty research interest include: cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology, health psychology, applied statistics, and research methods.

The psychology faculty at MSU uses an individualized mentorship approach to graduate training. Students and their advisors work together to devise a program of coursework and research best suited for the students' career goals. The opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member is a unique component of our graduate program as it provides training useful for the ultimate pursuit of a doctoral degree or work in various organizations.