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Graduate Program

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:

Program Objectives:
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: