Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2010/2011
Canadian Excellence

Master of Science in Psychology

The Master of Science program is concentrated in two fields: behavioural neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience.

The objectives of the MSc program are to develop competence in designing, conducting and evaluating research in the field of behavioural neuroscience or cognitive neuroscience. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for doctoral studies, or for employment in an environment requiring research skills.

Admission Requirements - Behavioural Neuroscience

For admission to the MSc program in the field of behavioural neuroscience, a student must have completed a BSc or BA honours degree in psychology with a minimum B average in the last 2 years of study. The GRE General test is required. An honours graduate in a program other than psychology or a combination of psychology and another subject or general degree graduates may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered. However, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (a qualifying year) may be required of such applicants. Honours graduates in psychology may also be required to successfully complete one or two undergraduate courses before they are admitted to the MSc program.

 
Program Requirements - Behavioural Neuroscience

Five half-credit courses and a thesis constitute the degree requirements. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing and completing the thesis. The required courses include:

  • PS600 - Advanced Behavioural Statistics I 
  • PS601 - Advanced Behavioural Statistics II 
  • PS663 - Principles of Neuroscience 
  • PS668 - Research Seminar in Behavioural Neuroscience 
  • One elective from PS660 - Principles of Cognition, PS670 - Seminar in Social Psychology, or PS675 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology

In addition, all students must complete PS699 - Thesis in their field.

 
Admission Requirements - Cognitive Neuroscience

For admission to the MSc program in the field of cognitive neuroscience, a student must have completed a BSC or BA honours degree in psychology with a minimum B average in the last 2 years of study. The GRE General test is required. An honours graduate in a program other than psychology or a combination of psychology and another subject or general degree graduates may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered. However, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (a qualifying year) may be required of such applicants. Honours graduates in psychology may also be required to successfully complete one or two undergraduate courses before they are admitted to the MSc program.

 
Program Requirements - Cognitive Neuroscience

Five half-credit courses and a thesis constitute the degree requirements. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing and completing the thesis. The required courses include:

  • PS600 - Advanced Behavioural Statistics I
  • PS601 - Advanced Behavioural Statistics II
  • PS660 - Principles of Cognition
  •  PS669 - Research Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • One elective from PS663 - Principles of Neuroscience, PS670 - Seminar in Social Psychology, or PS675 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology

In addition, all students must complete PS699 - Thesis in their field.