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M.A. in Psychology

The Master's Program in psychology is built on a strong core curriculum in general psychology and provides professionals with a broad perspective of the discipline of psychology, research skills and professional ethics. Advanced courses encourage students to consider current trends and challenges in fields that provide psychological services. In supplementing the core curriculum with electives in a variety of specialized areas, the M.A. strengthens professionals’ skills in both the theory and practice of psychology and related fields. Students can complete the M.A. in Psychology with 33 credits (30 credits of course work and 3 credits for the thesis) or 36 credits of course work and the completion of a comprehensive examination.  The thesis provides an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member in a selected area of expertise.

Specific requirements for the M.A. program include:

  • 12 credit hours of core curriculum courses, including Contemporary Psychological Theories, Research Design and Statistics and Professional Ethics.
  • 18 - 24 credits of advanced courses in areas covering clinical, developmental and social/cultural psychology.

The master’s program prepares graduates to work in a variety of mental health or human service settings, including mental health care facilities, child welfare and family counseling agencies, institutions for the aged, and other social and community organizations. Graduates are also prepared for admission to programs of advanced study in psychology, such as the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.

About the Field of Psychology

Psychology is a science that studies the behavior of both human and nonhuman animals. It is a broad discipline that examines subject matter ranging from biology to sociology. “Biology studies the structures and functions of living organisms. Sociology examines how groups function in society. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships in these subject areas: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior.” (American Psychological Association, 2003). Psychologists follow scientific methods, in which careful observation, experimentation, and analysis are used to develop and test theories through research.  The field of psychology has many subfields, including clinical, counseling, cognitive and perceptual, developmental, educational, experimental, evolutionary, and engineering psychology. Other subfields are forensic, health, neuropsychology, industrial/organizational, quantitative and measurement, rehabilitation, and, social psychology. Learn more about the field of psychology and career opportunities at the American Psychological Association website at http://apa.org/.