The MA in General Psychology Program prepares students to enter the workforce directly after graduation or for further graduate education in a variety of fields, such as law, business, economics, health sciences, social work, public health, geography and psychology. Many of our MA graduates have applied their advanced training in psychology to work as researchers, mental health workers, managers and administrators, or have gone on to pursue a PhD.
The Department of Psychology will provide $1000 in professional development funds for each new Master’s student entering the Fall of 2020.
These funds may be used to cover a variety of expenses at any time while the student is matriculated in the program, such as expenses incurred for the student’s master’s project, including paying research participants, advertising for study participants, special materials, supplies, equipment or software. The money can also be used for travel to a research conference or a workshop to augment the student’s training (e.g., advanced statistics workshop).
The expectation is that the student will consult with his/her adviser on how to best use the funds.
The MA program is a mentor-based program designed to provide students the opportunity to become fully immersed in laboratory activities and obtain hands-on research experience. Through selection of appropriate elective courses, students can choose a concentration within the field of general psychology. Areas of concentration represented in the department include Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Social-Personality Psychology.
Please note: The program is not intended to qualify students for the independent practice of professional psychology.
The MA in Psychology program takes approximately two years to complete.
MA Coursework (30 Credit Hours):
Students must obtain a grade of B- or higher in one graduate statistics course and in all four distribution courses and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Mentored MA Project:
The mentored MA project is supervised by the student’s mentor. The project consists of a well-organized and thoroughly documented scholarly paper with an identifiable research question. The project can take several forms depending on the needs of the student, including but not limited to, an original empirical study, a critical review paper or a paper reporting a meta-analysis
Goal 1: Students will exhibit competence in statistical methods.
Goal 2: Students will have both broad and deep exposure to current ideas and evidence in the study of behavior.
Goal 3: Students will exhibit competence in the execution of a well-organized and thoroughly documented scholarly paper on a substantive topic area in psychology.
As our program is mentorship-based, students are admitted to work with an individual faculty member. Faculty members accepting students vary from year to year. Before applying, prospective students should view the list of faculty members accepting students and/or contact potential mentors.