Psychology (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.

Only students who have been admitted to the doctoral program in psychology may elect to earn this master’s degree; hence all candidates are considered as doctoral applicants.

Applicants holding bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and/or other advanced degrees will be considered for admission. At the undergraduate level, applicants must have earned a 3.0 or better average in psychology courses and in total course work. A minimum of twelve semester credits in psychology is required and must include a laboratory course and a statistical methods course in psychology. Courses in college mathematics and biology and familiarity with computers are highly recommended. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

The Master of Arts with a major in psychology is offered only as a Plan A master's program requiring thirty-two credits including an eight-credit thesis (PSY 8999). In addition to the thesis, a minimum of twenty-four credits in psychology is required and must include:

PSY 7150Quantitative Methods in Psychology I4
PSY 7160Quantitative Methods in Psychology II4
Select one of the following:
History and Systems of Psychology
Human Cognition
Theories of Learning
Biological Basis of Behavior
Theory of Personality
Introduction to Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology: Research and Theory

Emphasis is placed on  factual knowledge, theory, and research methods in general psychology. The thesis involves the use of laboratory or field data and must be approved by the advisor and two other committee members approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee. A final oral examination pertaining to the thesis is required.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.