Overview: Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology
Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Ayanna K. Thomas
The graduate program in psychology is designed to prepare
scholars for entering scientifically oriented research and/or teaching jobs. To
this end, the program requirements for the Master's and Ph.D. degree have two
major goals: 1) to provide a broad-based, high-level exposure to scientific
psychology, and 2) to provide in depth experimentally-oriented knowledge of an
area of psychology.
Areas of concentration reflect the research
interests of the faculty. These include:
The graduate program's course-work and milestone requirements have
been constructed to consider the student's professional development
and to foster a successful research career. Effective written
communication is an essential research skill. As such, one of the
main objectives of the graduate program focuses on effective written
communication of scientific research. To achieve this objective,
students receive extensive feedback on writing from personalized
- Written communication — students will gain facility in written
- Oral communication — students will gain facility in written
- Synthesizing psychological research literature — students will
gain facility in understanding scientific research from theoretical
and methodological perspectives
- Independent scientific research — students will move toward
conducting independent and peer-collaborative scientific research.
- Statistical competence — students will gain statistical competence
in techniques common to psychological research.
- Professional visibility — students will learn fundamentals of
promoting and responding to the broader research community about
- Teaching competence — students will learn fundamentals involved
with teaching courses in psychology.
Tufts University also offers advanced degrees in the area of: