Contact & Location

Moscow

Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center (832 Ash St.)
2nd Floor & Basement
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu

HUMAN FACTORS
hfactors@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

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Graduate

Graduate training in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies (PCS) prepares students for careers in government and industry, teaching at the junior college level, or for continued study elsewhere at the doctoral level. The department offers an M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Factors psychology. Use the links to the left to learn more about graduate training here at the University of Idaho.

All of our graduate students receive at least partial support (including teaching or research assistantships and partial fee waivers), and some receive full-time assistantships. General information about finances and support can be found at the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) website.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


An applicant must possess an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field, such as engineering, computer science, or business. Students are also required to have completed a course in introductory statistics and a course in computer programming (may be completed after admission).

All application materials for on-campus students must be received by February 15. Distance students can apply year round. The application to COGS and the application fee should be received by the University prior to the receipt of reference letters and other materials so the applicant's file can be established.

All applicants are required to submit:
  • The completed COGS Application Form with the application fee;
  • Official undergraduate and graduate record transcripts of all work at accredited institutions of higher learning, mailed directly from the degree-granting institution;
  • A personal statement which should include your background, the emphasis in which you are interested, your intentions of taking the thesis or non-thesis option, and professional objectives after completing the graduate program;
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), General Test only (take the GRE no later than January 15 as the Education Testing Service may take up to six weeks to report the results);
  • Three letters of recommendation (include this form with all letters);
  • COGS requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission while PCS also requires a GPA of 3.0, and a combined GRE score of 300 or above. 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

To earn the M.S., candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate College; see the College of Graduate Studies graduate catalog. Candidates must also fulfill the M.S. requirements of the Psychology Department.

Students have the option to take the thesis, or non-thesis option.

For the thesis option, students must complete 30 credits of approved coursework, pass an oral coursework defense exam, complete an approved thesis, and pass an oral thesis defense.

For the non-thesis option, students must complete 30 credits of approved coursework, pass an oral coursework defense exam, complete an approved thesis level research proposal, and pass a written exam covering research methods and data analysis.

In addition, each emphasis area requires specific coursework (described in the descriptions of the emphasis areas--see links above).


REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requests for further general information or application materials should be sent to:

Sean McIlraith
University of Idaho
Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
Student Health Center 206
Perimeter Dr MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho  83844-3043
Phone: 208-885-6324 - Email: seanm@uidaho.edu

Requests for more specific information regarding the M.S. program should be sent to:

Dr. Todd Thorsteinson
University of Idaho
Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
Student Health Center 206
Perimeter Dr MS 3043
Phone: 208-885-4944 - Email: tthorste@uidaho.edu