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 faculty committees
- Written communication — students will gain facility in written scientific communication.
- Oral communication — students will gain facility in oral scientific communication.
- 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 their work.
- Teaching competence — students will learn fundamentals involved with teaching courses in psychology
Tufts University also offers advanced degrees in the area of: