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2022 - 2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychological Sciences Department



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The Psychological Sciences Program

The Master’s Program in Psychological Sciences is research-oriented and designed to prepare students for admission to Ph.D. programs in all areas of psychology. Established in 1953, the program is a selective one, admitting approximately 8 applicants per year. The program’s small size allows for close interaction among students and faculty and, therefore, superior training for the students in the program.

There is an immediate and continuing emphasis on research. Faculty support student interests in a wide range of research areas, including neuroscience, social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology.

Program Structure

Our students are expected to complete the full-time program of course work and research in two years. Students complete a Master’s thesis in their second year. In addition to pro-seminars on various topics in psychology, students take a professional development course devoted to the training of students in becoming professional research psychologists.

Admission Requirements

William & Mary uses an online application system. Application materials consist of GRE scores taken within the past five years, official transcripts, a research statement, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. If English is not your first language, your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required and must be sent directly to William & Mary by the Educational Testing Service or IELTS.  For full consideration, applications and all supporting materials must be received by February 1. Applications submitted after the program deadline may be evaluated if space is available.

Applicants must have successfully completed courses in experimental/research methods and psychology statistics.

Programs and Course Descriptions



    Psychological Sciences

    Description of Courses

    Unless otherwise noted, all courses are graded using standard grading [A, B, C, D, F] scheme (See Grading and Academic Progress  in the section entitled Graduate Regulations) and may not be repeated for credit (See Repeated Courses  requirements in the section entitled Graduate Regulations).

    Psychological Sciences GRAD