Applied Cognitive Psychology and Evaluation explores the veracity and reliability of human understanding as acquired through thought, experience, and the senses.

Applied Cognitive Psychology is an active and vital enterprise with a long and distinguished history at Claremont Graduate University. Taught by faculty-experts who helped bring the field to prominence, our program provides expertise in the theories and research that define the traditional and contemporary areas of the field, including cognitive aging, eyewitness memory, intelligence and working memory, and perception and human performance. The program integrates broad cognitive psychology scholarship with curriculum in evaluation, so students develop the methodological and statistical skills to perform applied cognitive psychology research within real-world settings.

Program Highlights
  • Many cognitive psychology students focus their research in Law & Psychology, including the topics of eyewitness memory, autobiographical memory, and lie detection.
  • Many students focus their research on intelligence, including topics on working memory and attention.
  • Students also collaborate with faculty from The Claremont Colleges on a range of topics, including cognitive aging, decision making, prospective memory, autobiographical memory, and embodied cognition.
  • Graduate students and faculty gather regularly for Cognitive Brown Bag Lunches to hear research presentations on topics of current interest.
  • All students who request financial aid receive fellowships. DBOS also regularly hires students for paid teaching assistantships.

Program At a Glance

48 units

2 years

Fall | Spring

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

MA in Psychology

Featured Courses

Psychology of Thinking

Explores aspects of cognitive psychology including problem solving, creativity, intelligence, mental representation, expertise, decision processes, and more.

PSYCH 260po
Perception & Cognition

Explores the information processing approach to sensation and perception, including topics on attention and working memory.

PSYCH 328a

Explores the major empirical and theoretical issues in human memory research and analyzes the interaction between memory and emotion and the neural basis for this interaction.

PSYCH 350d
Law & Psychology

Covers topics including eyewitness memory, plea bargaining decisions, investigative interviewing, false confessions, the death penalty, and more.

PSYCH 350g

Reviews the history of intelligence testing and covers more recent topics bridging psychometrics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

PSYCH 350u
Applied Cognitive Psychology

Explores the most productive avenues for applying cognitive psychology in the real world.


Cognitive Psychology Core Courses (12 units)
PSYCH 260: Perception & Cognition (4 units)
PSYCH 325: Psychology of Thinking (4 units)
PSYCH 328a: Memory (4 units)

Cognitive Psychology & Related Electives (12 units)
Students are often encouraged to take elective courses in the School of Educational Studies, the Drucker School of Management, the Division of Politics & Economics, the Center for Information Systems & Technology, the School of Arts & Humanities, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Applied Research & Evaluation Methodology (24 units)
PSYCH 302a: Research Methods (4 units)
PSYCH 308a: Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
PSYCH 308b: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
PSYCH 308c: Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
PSYCH 308d: Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
PSYCH 326: Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
PSYCH 315z: Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
PSYCH 315ee: Evaluation Procedures (4 units)
Evaluation Elective course (2 units)

Faculty & Research

  • Andrew Conway profile image

    Andrew Conway

    Associate Provost for Research
    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Intelligence, Working memory, Statistics

  • Kathy Pezdek profile image

    Kathy Pezdek

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Memory and comprehension, Visual memory, Eyewitness memory, Suggestibility of memory, Autobiographical memory

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