MA in Psychology
The general MA program a provides comprehensive review of the field. Students take courses covering a wide range of the literature, including three general psychology courses; three in the areas of personality, social, developmental, and abnormal psychology; and a research methods course. The master of arts degree is awarded upon completion of 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students must take the noncredit Proseminar course as soon as possible after admission to the program. The first 18 credits must be earned in introductory (5000-level) courses; no advanced or seminar courses may be taken until 18 credits have been completed. Neither a written master's thesis nor a comprehensive examination is required. Students who intend to apply to the PhD program must pass an introductory statistics courses unless they can demonstrate knowledge of elementary statistics by passing an exemption examination.
Research MA Track
This highly selective program gives qualified students an intensive research experience working one on one with a member of the faculty. A student can apply for the Research Track after finishing at least 18 credits but not more than 24 credits. Applicants must have at least a 3.7 GPA to be considered and must maintain this average until completion or be dropped from the Research program. Each student works closely with an individual faculty member on an empirical research project, writes an MA thesis based on the project, and defends the thesis in an oral examination. Research track students are exempt from the Research Methods course requirement for the MA (and PhD, if they are accepted for a PhD program). They are also exempt from part I of the PhD qualifying examination. A maximum of one and a half years is allowed for writing the master's thesis.