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Psychology, Master of Arts Degree

An understanding of the human mind

The Master of Arts degree in psychology  builds upon foundational undergraduate knowledge — and helps prepare students for doctoral studies or careers in government and the public and private sectors. The psychology program provides education and research training in two areas of specialization:

  • Behavior analysis
  • Cognitive and brain sciences


Each psychology program maintains its own admissions process.

Areas of Specialization

Behavior Analysis

Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, training in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno is conducted via a junior-colleague model and includes supervised experience and instruction leading to the master's and/or doctoral degrees. The behavior analysis program focuses on the philosophies of behaviorism, the theory and methodology of behavior analysis, basic and applied research in human behavior, basic research in animal behavior, application of behavioral principles to organizational administration and consultation, instructional design and technology, parent and teacher training, and clinical populations, participatory governance and fiscal management. Admission materials are due Jan. 1.

For more information, download the 2015 Behavior Analysis Masters Handbook.

Cognitive and Brain Sciences

The graduate program in cognitive and brain sciences (formerly known as experimental psychology) offers programs of study leading to master's and doctoral degrees. Students are given a strong foundation in current theory and methods and have the opportunity to specialize within a number of substantive areas of research that include: comparative psychology, development across the life span, psychophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, memory, and sensation and perception. Admission materials are due Feb. 1.

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