2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Psychology (General) M.A. or M.S.

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Master of Arts or Master of Science

(32 credits minimum)

Any required course in which a grade lower than a B- is received must be repeated and any elective course in which a grade lower than a B- is received cannot be counted toward the 32 credits required for graduation. Students who receive two grades of C+ or lower will be expelled from the program.

Choose one of the following:

  • PSY 690J - Advanced Graduate Seminar 1 credits


A student is expected to engage actively in empirical research from the time of first enrollment, although initial investigations might not be work originating with the student.


An additional 25 credits of course work, including the culminating experience, must be taken. A minimum of 19 credits must be taken within the department. Up to 6 credits of course work outside the department may count toward the 25 credits. At least 6 credits (two courses) must be earned from among the following courses:



If the student has never had a course in learning or cognition, PSY 603 must be one of the choices. The student’s program is determined in consultation with a departmental advisor. Later, each student selects a supervisor for the culminating experience (PSY 698 or 699), who may or may not be the initial advisor. If the latter, the supervisor becomes the student’s advisor.

Culminating Experience:

Candidates for the M.A.:


For completion of a research thesis under the direction of a three-person committee headed by a primary supervisor.

Candidates for the M.S.:


The exact nature of the project is determined in consultation with the project supervisor.

Candidates for the Psy.D. Program:

Candidates complete and document portfolios that demonstrate basic research and practice competencies established by the department.


Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.

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