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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA program in psychology, students should demonstrate the following:

  • LO1: proficiency with researching, summarizing, and critically evaluating scholarly literature;
  • LO2: the advanced skills necessary to comprehend, design, and conduct rigorous academic research;
  • LO3: professional-level skill in scholarly presentations, including the ability to write and publish in peer-reviewed academic journals and to present at professional conferences;
  • LO4: an ability to critically analyze and integrate psychological theory in applied and real-life situations; and
  • LO5: expertise within an area of psychology (community psychology, health psychology, or other area of focus).

Program Overview

All three graduate programs require a Common Core of study (12 Credits)

  • PSY 501 ­ Seminar in Thesis and Research Development (1 credit)
  • PSY 596 ­ Psychological Research: Design and Analysis I (4 credits)
  • PSY 597 ­ Psychological Research: Design and Analysis II (4 credits)
  • PSY 599 ­ Thesis (3 credits)

Specialization in Community Psychology (36 Credits)

  • PSY 520 ­ Global Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 550 ­ Introduction to Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 551 ­ Prevention and Community-Based Research (3 credits)
  • PSY 553 ­ Evaluation Research (3 credits)
  • PSY 595 ­ Graduate Internship in Psychological Applications (3 credits)
  • Directed electives (9 credits)

Specialization in Health Psychology (39 Credits)

  • PSY 541 ­ Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 542 ­ Psychology of Stress (3 credits)
  • PSY 543 ­ Stress Management: Theory & Research (3 credits)
  • PSY 547 ­ Clinical Health Psychology and Chronic Illness (3 credits)
  • PSY 595 ­ Graduate Internship in Psychological Applications (3 credits)
  • Directed electives (12 credits)

Specialization in General Psychology (36 Credits)

  • PSY 512 ­ Seminar in Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Directed electives (21 credits)

The General Psychology program is designed to be taken sequentially in four semesters. The program requires 36 semester hours of course work including a thesis. The Common Core of six courses is required. Students in the General Psychology program also choose electives and develop, with their advisor, a planned program.

A maximum of six credits at the 400-level may be included with approval of the graduate advisor, in the planned program of study.

Additional Electives

  • PSY 410 Media Psychology
  • PSY 450 Biopsychology
  • PSY 451 Psychological Evaluation
  • PSY 458 Human Neuropsychology
  • PSY 511 Psychology of Aging
  • PSY 530 Psychopathology
  • PSY 544 Biofeedback: Principles and Practice
  • PSY 545 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 546 Psychotherapy and Healthcare System
  • PSY 553 Program Development and Evaluation
  • PSY 571 Psychology of Women's Health
  • PSY 590 Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • PSY 591 Advanced Independent Reading & Research

Thesis Requirement (3 credits)

  • PSY 599 Thesis (completed thesis with oral defense) (3 credits)
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