Students in the program will acquire the variety of statistical and methodological skills required for conducting research in psychology. Opportunities for intensive individual study in the chosen specialty area will be provided. Students will be given research experience under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This research experience will culminate in the preparation of a thesis.
A full-time student can complete the degree in two years (four semesters). Some of the courses are offered in the evening.
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Students should begin work on developing a thesis during their first year, exploring ideas and examining the existing research literature. The thesis consists of either an original empirical research project or a theoretical or conceptual interpretation of existing psychological thought based on material previously published. Graduate students who are writing a thesis must choose a thesis advisor from among the faculty. The following information is designed to supplement guidance provided by one's thesis advisor: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Graduate Thesis & Dissertation Guidelines
The Department of Psychology is housed in the office building at 540 McCallie Avenue. A well-equipped computer lab is located near the department offices. Lab space is available for research studies. In addition, the University computers support Microsoft office and major statistical packages and all have internet access.