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M.A. in Psychology (Last Cohort Spring 2018)

How to Apply


The Psychology Graduate Program offers general graduate training in psychology leading to a 36- credit Master of Arts degree. It provides students with the opportunity to select courses in a variety of fields including social, cognitive, developmental, organizational, and experimental psychology. The degree may serve as preparation for those training for entry into a doctoral program or as additional training for those who plan to enter or are already involved in applied areas of psychology with an emphasis on research.


The Psychology Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee makes admission decisions based on the following required criteria:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all undergraduate work with at least a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.

  3. Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Methods or Research Methods in Psychology.

  4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test); Psychology Subject GRE scores optional.

  5. Completed application for admission to the Master of Arts program in Psychology.

  6. One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

  7. Three letters of recommendation.

  8. Additional application information for international students.

How to Apply

No longer accepting applications for this program. Replaced by MS Psychological Science program as of Fall 2018.


Degree Requirements (36 credits)

All classes three credits except where indicated.

Methodology Core (9 credits)

PSY501 - Analysis of Variance
PSY503 - Correlation & Multiple Regression
PSY507 - Research Methods

Content Core (9 credits)

Developmental Requirement
Choose one:
PSY528 - Infancy & Early Childhood
PSY529 - Adulthood
PSY531 - Middle Childhood & Adolescence

Cognitive Requirement
Choose one:
PSY560 - Cognitive Processes
PSY570 - Cognitive Neuroscience

Social/Organizational Requirement
Choose one:
PSY556 - Contemporary Social Psychology
PSY516 - Organizational Psychology

Experimental Specialization (12 credits)

PSY558 - Seminar in Contemporary Research
PSY500 - Research Practicum (1 credit class to be taken 3 times)

Option 1:
PSY590 - Thesis [empirical] (6 credits)

Option 2:
PSY590 - Thesis [literature review] (3 credits)
PSY595 - Independent Study [empirical] (3 credits)

Comprehensive Exam

Oral Defense of Thesis

Electives (6 credits)

Chosen under advisement; ANY graduate psychology class taken that is NOT applied towards the methodology, content, or experimental specialization requirements can be counted as an elective.