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Psychological Sciences

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
466 USD/credit 8388 USD/year
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Each student in the Psychological Sciences program at James Madison University is carefully advised by a member of the faculty. We only accept students when we have a good match between their interests and talents and a seasoned mentor.


About this Degree

The Psychological Sciences program at James Madison University fosters the development of students interested in improving their research skills and preparing for doctoral education. The primary function of the program is to develop students' knowledge, skills and abilities in scientific inquiry, methods and analysis and to equip students to apply their research-based training as researchers, consultants and/or practitioners.

At the core of the program is course work in multiple content areas within psychology; course work in statistics, measurement, and research design; a research apprenticeship; and a thesis. The culture of the program is consistent with that of doctoral programs, including expectations that students will develop a portfolio of scholarly accomplishments (e.g., publications and conference presentations) and participate in various extra-curricular activities related to their discipline. Regular attendance at program-wide roundtable discussions and concentration-specific meetings is expected and required.

Students develop expertise in a specialty area through selected course work and closely mentored experiences with a faculty adviser. Faculty advisers provide regular support and consultation regarding progress in the program and professional development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intermediate Inferential Statistics 
  • Thesis Research 
  • Principles of Behavior Analysis 
  • Cognitive Science 
  • Social Psychology 
  • Neuroscience
  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement including statement of research interests, goals for graduate study and beyond and how the Psychological Sciences program will help you achieve these goals
  • Must choose a faculty member from Psychological Sciences as a potential mentor 
  • Three letters of recommendation (from faculty members familiar with your previous academic performance and potential for graduate work)
  • GRE General Test is required, but the subject area GRE is not required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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