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Master of Arts, Psychology

 

Program Rationale:

The Master of Arts program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of human services or as preparation for further graduate study.
 

 Program Learning Outcomes:

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

 • proficiency with researching, summarizing, and critically evaluating scholarly literature;

 • the advanced skills necessary to comprehend, design, and conduct rigorous academic research;

 • professional-level skill in scholarly presentations, including the ability to write and publish in peer-reviewed academic journals and to present at professional conferences;

 • an ability to critically analyze and integrate psychological theory in applied and real-life situations; and

 • expertise within an area of psychology (community psychology, health psychology, or other area of focus).

 

 Admission Requirements:

For admission, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; a minimum of 18 credits in psychology is preferred; courses in statistics and research methods, with a minimum grade of B, are required. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 in psychology courses is required. 
 

 Applicants must submit the following documents directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:

  •  Completed admissions application
  •  Application fee
  •  Official transcripts from each college and university attended (except from Central Connecticut State University), which must be sent from institution to institution

Additional Material Required:
Applicants must send the following additional materials directly to the Psychological Science Department:

  •  three letters of reference (at least two from academic sources)
  • a personal statement

The application deadline for Spring admission is November 1st and the Fall admission deadline is April 1st. Further information can be found at www.psychology.ccsu.edu/.

 Course and Capstone Requirements:

 The program requires 36 to 42 credits, including a thesis. A common core of 18 credits is required for all students.

Common Core:
PSY 512 Seminar in Developmental Psychology
PSY 545 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 550 Introduction to Community Psychology
PSY 596 Psychological Research: Design and Analysis I
PSY 597 Psychological Research: Design and Analysis II
PSY 599 Thesis (defense required)

Specialization in General Psychology 36 credits

The general psychology specialization is designed to give students the opportunity to follow their interests. The  specialization provides solid preparation in core areas of psychology, including developmental, clinical, and community psychology and research methodology. General psychology MA graduates often go on to doctoral programs, but many also work in a variety of research and human services settings. Common Core (18 credits) Directed electives as approved by advisor (18 credits)

Specialization in Community Psychology (36 credits)

The community psychology specialization is designed to train students to be active practitioners in the prevention field and to prepare them for further study. It emphasizes developing and delivering interventions that can prevent the onset of psychological problems such as substance abuse, interpersonal violence, and depression. Most of our graduates work in the program planning and development level of local and state government, non-profit organizations, and schools, although some work in direct service positions. 

Common Core (18 credits)

Specialization:

PSY 551 Primary Prevention
PSY 553 Developing Prevention
PSY 595 Graduate Internship in Psychological
Applications Directed electives as approved by advisor (9 credits)

Specialization in Health Psychology 42 credits

The health psychology specialization is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of health psychology or for further graduate study. MA graduates often go on to doctoral programs, and others work in a variety of research and human service settings where they can apply knowledge of health-related behaviors, stress, disease risk factors, and methods to improve health and chronic illness. Some also work in the area of prevention.

Common Core (18 credits)

Specialization:

PSY 541 Health Psychology
PSY 542 Psychology of Stress
PSY 543 Stress Management: Theory and Research
PSY 544 Biofeedback: Principles and Practices
PSY 530 Psychopathology
PSY 551 Primary Prevention
PSY 595 Graduate Internship in Psychological Applications

Choose 2 additional electives (6 credits) from the following: PSY 458, 526, 546, 553, 571, 590, 591.

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

 

 

 

 

 


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