The Department of Psychology offers two Master's degree programs: MA in General Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology.
MA in General Psychology
The overall mission of the graduate program in General Psychology is to provide students with a strong foundation in psychological science. The program is characterized by both an emphasis on advanced research and statistical training as well as a strong commitment to critical thinking. The faculty possesses expertise in social, cultural and political psychology, and in areas of learning, cognition, and neuroscience. In realizing its mission, the Master’s Program in General Psychology is committed to the following goals and objectives: to provide education and training in the use of the scientific method in psychological research; to provide education and training in ethical practices in psychology; and to provide supervision of an empirical research study of publishable quality.
A candidate for the MA General degree in psychology is required to complete twenty-one graduate credit hours in addition to nine thesis hours. The student must complete PSYC 301 and PSYC 302 and five additional graduate-level courses in psychology. One of these courses can be chosen from graduate-level courses outside the Department, according to the student’s interest and with the consent of the advisor.
General MA students will follow the following stream of courses:
PSYC301, PSYC302 and five of the following: PSYC 305, PSYC310, PSYC312, PSYC 314, PSYC316, PSYC318, PSYC 320, PSYC 350, PSYC 352, in addition to the Comprehensive Exam, PSYC 395 and Thesis, GPSY 399.
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MA in Clinical Psychology
The mission of the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology is to educate and train graduate students in the science and the practice of clinical psychology. Following the scientist-practitioner model, students will be prepared for doctoral study in clinical psychology or competent, ethical, and socially responsible professional practice. In realizing its mission, the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology is committed to the following goals and objectives: to provide education and training in the scientific and professional foundations of the field of clinical psychology; to provide education and training for consideration of cultural diversity in the science and practice of clinical psychology; and to provide education and training in the ethics of research and professional practice.
Students applying into the Clinical Program must hold a major in psychology, a minor, or the equivalent. Students who do not hold a major, minor or the equivalent will not be considered for the program. There is no spring admission into Clinical Program. Clinical program also does not offer a prospective student status.
A candidate for the MA degree in Clinical Psychology is required to complete twenty-seven graduate credit hours in coursework, in addition to six credit hours of Clinical Practicum and six credit hours of Thesis, for a total of thirty-nine credits.
Clinical MA students will follow the following stream of courses:
PSYC301, PSYC302, PSYC 305, PSYC350, PSYC 352, PSYC 354, PSYC356, PSYC 358, PSYC 360, PSYC 362, PSYC364 in addition to the Comprehensive Exam, PSYC 395 and Thesis, CPSYC 399.
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