Psychology (MA)

M.A. Psychology

There are two concentrations within the M.A. Psychology Program. No matter what the focus, students who study psychology possess a great deal of information that can be transferred to the world of work, making psychology majors some of the most sought-after prospects by employment recruiters.

General/Theoretical Psychology

A 48 credit program for students who wish to develop a broad-based understanding of psychology for varied purposes (not necessarily involving clinical applications). Students complete 21 credits in the core courses as detailed below and select an appropriate set of 24 credits of elective courses from available department offerings with the approval of an advisor.

I. CORE COURSES

    21 semester hours

    PSYC 503

    Research Methods and Statistics I

    3

    PSYC 504

    Research Methods and Statistics II

    3

    PSYC 508

    Biological Bases of Behavior

    3

    PSYC 514

    Human Development

    3

    OR

    PSYC 518

    Advanced Human Development

    3

    PSYC 517

    Personality Psychology

    3

    PSYC 521

    Social Psychology

    3

    PSYC 522

    Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior

    3

    OR

    PSYC 523

    Contemporary Learning Theories

    3

     II. 24 credits of Electives

     

    Clinical Services

    A 45 credit program for students who wish to function in a mental health agency or other human services setting where the psychologist provides a range of consultative, assessment, and therapeutic functions. Students also complete the core courses listed above. With the approval of an advisor, students have the option of selecting of electives which focus on specific client populations and areas of expertise.  

     

    I. CORE COURSES

    21 semester hours (see above)

    II. Assessment and Diagnostic Methods (9 credits minimum)

    PSYC 531

    Psychopathology (required)1

    3

    OR

     

     

    PSYC 532

    Child Psychopathology (required)1

    3

    PSYC 561

    Introduction to Psychological Testing (required)

    3

    PSYC 562

    Cognitive Assessment (elective)

    3

    PSYC 580

    Assessment of Adult Personality and Psychopathology (required)

    3

    OR

     

     

    PSYC 581

    Socio-emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents (required)

    3

    III. Intervention Methods (9 credits minimum)

    * PSYC 571

    Individual Psychotherapy (required)

    3

    * PSY 577

    Practicum (required)

    3

    * COUN 518

    Applied Practice I (elective)2

    3

    COUN 584

    Marital Counseling and Therapy (elective)

    3

    PSYC 572

    Group Psychotherapy (elective)

    3

    PSYC 573

    Therapy with Children (elective)

    3

    PSYC 574

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (elective)

    3

    IV. Electives (9 credits)3

    Selection of elective courses in the department is in consultation with the advisor.

    V. Closure Experience (3-6 credits)

    Students, in consultation with their advisor and the department chairperson, may select one of the three alternatives listed below to meet the Closure Experience requirements of this concentration. Two of these (PSY 556, 578) are credit-bearing courses which reduce the number of elective credits from nine to six (see above).

    PSYC 554

    Master’s Thesis Preparation

    0-3

    PSYC 555

    Professional Contribution

    0

    PSYC 556

    Master’s Thesis

    3

    PSYC 578

    Internship (variable credit, 3 credit minimum)

    3

    Students should note that the internship option requires permission of the advisor and the department chairperson.

    1 Students are required to complete either Psychology 531 or Psychology 532.
    2 Students may take Psychology 559 or Counseling 518 as an elective, but not both courses.
    3 Number of elective credits will depend on whether students take PSYC 556 and/or PSYC 578.