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Psychology Master's Degree

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Psychology graduate students may choose one of two concentrations: Clinical Psychology or Experimental Psychology. These concentrations provide advanced training for recent graduates as well as for individuals who have been in the work force for a number of years. The M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical or Experimental Psychology provides students with training in research methods and statistical analysis. The Clinical Psychology program trains students in empirical methods so that they may understand and conduct research, evaluate methods and therapies empirically, and conduct psychological testing.

Graduate Psychology Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in psychology or related discipline
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • GRE scores at average percentile or better
  • Entrance Score (ES): 1600 or above:
  • ES = (GPA x 200) + [ (GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative) X 3.44]
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from professors) - Statement of intent (this should be no longer than two typed pages and explain reasons for applying to the psychology program)
  • All necessary course prerequisites.

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in psychology or related discipline
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • GRE scores at average percentile or better
  • Entrance Score (ES): below 1600 but is above 1400: ES = (GPA x 200) + [ (GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative) X 3.44]
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from professors)
  • Statement of intent (this should be no longer than two typed pages and explain reasons for applying to the psychology program) - All necessary course prerequisites
  • OTHER EVIDENCE:
  • A written explanation describing extenuating circumstances that contributed to low GPA. Personal Interview (telephone or face-to-face)

All application information should be completed by March 15th for admission to the subsequent Summer or Fall semester, and by October 22nd for admission fo the subsequent Spring semester. Late applicants may be reviewed on July 1st for enrollment in the subsequent Fall semester, providing sufficient faculty are present to constitute the "Graduate Acceptance Committee."

M.A. in Psychology Degree Requirements—Clinical Psychology

  • Students must complete 60 semester credit hours.
  • Nine hours of required foundation courses must be complete before moving on.
  • Students must complete 39 hours of concentration courses.
  • Students are required to complete a master’s thesis or master’s project.

M.A. in Psychology Degree Requirements—Experimental Psychology

  • Students must complete 36 semester credit hours.
  • 18 hours of required foundation courses must be completed.
  • Students are required to complete 12-15 hours of elective courses. Those courses should be consistent with a student’s overall goals.
  • Students must complete a master’s thesis for up to 6 semester credit hours.

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