It is essential that psychology students develop an appreciation and understanding for research, as well as gain the specific skills needed to carry out studies of their own. Graduate students are expected already to have had some undergraduate background in research methods and/or statistics.
Courses include an emphasis on both basic and applied research, as well as on quantitative and qualitative methods. Students become familiar with some of the research tools used to investigate basic psychological processes, to assess needs and identify relevant factors that contribute to those problems, and to evaluate the impact of programs designed to meet those needs.
For those students who wish to gain additional research skill and experience, there are directed study, project and thesis options that allow them to concentrate on a particular area of study.