The Department of Psychology does not have a terminal Masters degree program. However, the Division of the Social Sciences offers two Masters degrees that may be of interest to prospective psychology students. In lieu of an MA in Psychology offered by the Department, the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) allows for a concentration in psychology. New in 2016, the MA in Computational Social Science provides the ability to tailor your coursework to your academic or professional interest. Students interested in psychology, for example, may take 3 courses in mathematical and statistical methods for neuroscience.
More about our MA Programs
Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS)
MAPSS is an intense, intellectually transformative one-year program offering extraordinary access to the faculty and resources of a world-class research University. Students concentrate in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or in interdisciplinary research. They take nine graduate courses, selected from all UChicago departments and professional schools. They work directly with UChicago faculty on the MA thesis. Students are assisted in their course selections, and offered weekly mentorship for their research, by doctoral student “preceptors" and by the MAPSS senior staff.
MAPSS is highly selective for admission and offers substantial merit aid, from partial to full tuition grants. They place more students for funded PhD study than any MA program in the world. MAPSS helps students focused on careers outside of academia to develop professional-grade research and writing skills. They have a structured, flexible curriculum that helps students decide which path is right for them, with a dedicated Director of Career Services providing weekly workshops and support.
For more information about MAPSS, please visit the MAPSS website.
Masters in Computational Social Science
Our two-year MA in Computational Social Science will give you the ability to apply cutting edge technologies and statistical techniques to data sets that are orders of magnitude larger than one normally encounters as a social science investigator.
For those new to the social sciences, this is an opportunity to see where your computer science and statistical skills can go, with innovative applications to problems of massive societal interest.
For those new to computational methods, this is a chance to develop the tools necessary to make new and exciting contributions, tools that will shape the originality and power of your work for years to come.
With access to the full resources and faculty of the University of Chicago, in a small cohort that is faculty-mentored and assisted by prize-winning doctoral “preceptors,” you will be trained as a colleague and contributor for the next great wave of social science research.