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Psychology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
The goal of the Psychology programme delivered by University of South Carolina is to advance psychological science by promoting excellence and productivity in research and graduate training in areas broadly defined as behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, quantitative psychology, and developmental psychology. 


The Psychology programme delivered by University of South Carolina is an option available for students enrolled in the Experimental Psychology, Ph.D. who choose to take the additional steps to obtain the master’s degree concurrent with the doctoral program in Experimental Psychology. Students seeking a terminal master’s degree are not admitted to the program; instead, students admitted to the doctoral program are automatically admitted to the master’s program, if they desire that degree.

The MA curriculum is designed to provide expertise in one area of Experimental Psychology, along with advanced knowledge of several additional areas within the field. The degree is awarded upon successful completion of course work, submission of an acceptable thesis, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive, oral examination.

Learning outcomes
  • All graduates will demonstrate fundamental knowledge of theory and research in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and developmental psychology at the level to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. 
  • All graduates will demonstrate expertise in experimental design and data analyses in their field of inquiry at a good level or above in their Master’s thesis.
  • All graduate will be able to explain and apply the ethical standards of the field of psychology as they apply to their Master’s Theses. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Basics of Neuroscience
  • Basics of Cognitive Psychology
  • Basics of Developmental Psychology
  • Basics of Learning and Motivation
  • Experimental Design
  • Integration across Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Integration across Developmental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Integration across Areas of Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 hours alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Admission to our program is based on scholastic achievement, prior research experience, stated research interests and the Graduate Record Exam scores. 
  • Generally, students have at least a 3.25 GPA and approximately 302 in the revised GRE test or 1100 in the older GRE (Verbal + Quantitative). 
  • Letters of recommendation, research experience, and personal statement are especially important.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
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