Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analysis

The Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analysis provides research and statistical experience needed to be competitive for doctoral programs and pursue, or advance within, careers related to psychological research. The program consists of a rigorous 36-unit curriculum that can be completed in one academic year, 18 months, or 2 academic years. Students in this program acquire skills in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used within psychological research, and complete a master’s thesis. Courses feature lectures, seminars, and hands-on research labs that incorporate various popular statistical software used within psychology. Throughout the program, a faculty advisor works closely with individual students to provide guidance on completing the thesis, applying to doctoral programs, and pursuing a career in research. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in professional events, including academic conferences.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program are skilled in the following areas:

PLO 1: Disciplinary Knowledge Demonstrate knowledge and skills of using appropriate assessment/measurement, research design, and statistical methods in psychology.

PLO 2: Disciplinary Knowledge Demonstrate knowledge and skills in applying various theories of psychology to research design and assessment/measurement.

PLO 3: Faith Integration Apply knowledge and skills of the integration of psychology and Christian faith frameworks.

PLO 4: Professional Development Demonstrate appropriate professional development in the awareness of APA codes and standards of the ethical and multicultural conduct of psychological research and practice in various applied settings.

PLO 5: APA Competency Demonstrate graduate-level APA formatting skills for writing and presentations.

Coursework Schedule

Fall (13 units): Introduction to Thesis Seminar (3), Experimental Research Methods (3), Non-Experimental Research Methods (3), Analysis of Variance (3), Analysis of Variance Lab (1)

Spring (14 units): Thesis Seminar (3), Regression (3), Regression Lab (1), Psychometrics: Assessment and Measurement (3), Psychometrics: Assessment and Measurement Lab (1), Theory, Research, and Practice in Psychology (3)

Summer I (6 units): Thesis Seminar (3), Program Evaluation (3)

Summer II (3 units): Thesis Seminar (3)

Course List

Core Courses
PSYC 501Theory, Research and Practice in Psychology3
PSYC 511Experimental Research Methods3
PSYC 512Non-Experimental Research Methods3
PSYC 518Analysis of Variance3
PSYC 518LAnalysis of Variance Lab1
PSYC 519Regression3
PSYC 519LRegression Lab1
PSYC 520Psychometrics: Assessment and Measurement3
PSYC 520LPsychometrics: Assessment and Measurement Lab1
PSYC 517Program Evaluation3
PSYC 597Introduction to Thesis Seminar3
PSYC 598Thesis Seminar 13
Total Units36-39
Optional Concentration in Data Analytics
STAT 521Statistical Computing and Programming3
STAT 551Data Visualization3
STAT 553Data Mining3
Total Units9
Optional Concentration in Marketing Research
BUSI 511Quantitative Analysis and Research3
MKTG 515Marketing Research3
MKTG 527Marketing Strategy3
Total Units9

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, including coursework and thesis defense, students may earn an optional JMP-SAS Certificate in Data Analytics. At least 50% of coursework must be completed using JMP-SAS statistical software, and work will be evaluated by the professors in PSYC 518, PSYC 518L, PSYC 519, PSYC 519L, PSYC 520, and PSYC 520L. Learn more about the JMP-SAS Joint Certificate program.

Optional Concentrations1

Data Analytics

This concentration equips students with statistical and data visualization techniques. It consists of courses that develop students’ skill in statistical programming, including R and SAS, data visualization using Tableau, and data mining. Such training prepares students to pursue careers in business and/or data analytics.

Marketing Research

This concentration equips students with conceptual and applied knowledge of marketing processes and the evaluation of products, services, and consumer behavior. It consists of courses that introduce marketing strategy and apply quantitative research methods and data analysis techniques within business and marketing contexts, using relevant marketing terminology and statistical software. Such skills are in high demand and prepare students to pursue applied psychology careers related to marketing.