Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Psychology

The master's degree in psychology has five concentrations:

  • applied developmental psychology
  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive and behavioral cognition
  • human factors/applied cognition
  • industrial/organizational psychology

The department does not offer a master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology, but a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology is available for students who have been admitted to the doctoral program concentration in clinical psychology.

An accelerated master's option with a CBNR concentration is available to students in the psychology bachelor's program (BS or BA).  See listing for specific requirements.

For policies governing all master's degree, see Academic Policies.

Provisional Admission

Students who are admitted provisionally are required to take 12 credits in psychology and earn a minimum GPA of 3.25 in those courses to qualify for removal of the provisional qualifier. Programs may add other conditions to provisional admission. Individualized study courses cannot be used toward the 12 credits.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all master's degrees, students pursuing a master's degree in psychology must successfully complete 30-46 credits of required course work.  They complete this coursework in one of six concentrations.

A maximum of 6 credits of thesis proposal and thesis research (PSYC 798799) may be applied to the master's degree. A maximum of 9 credits of thesis courses (798, 799), Directed Reading and Research (PSYC 597), and Practicum (PSYC 792) may be applied to the degree. 

◊ Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)

The concentration in applied developmental psychology focuses on child development. It provides basic knowledge about normal development, skills for assessing developmental level, and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development. Graduates are prepared for employment at agencies concerned with educational and health programs for children, enrichment programs for infants and preschoolers, and education programs for parents.

Two core courses (6 credits)

One required course (3 credits)

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

One additional course (3 credits) chosen from any of the areas below:

Social psychology

PSYC 667 - Behavior in Small Groups and Teams Credits: 3

PSYC 668 - Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches Credits: 3

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

Biological psychology

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

Cognitive psychology

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3(except when this course is exclusively methodological)

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 and either

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics or PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of specialized content

One or two courses (3-6 credits) chosen from the following:

PSYC 566 - Cognitive and Perceptual Development Credits: 3

PSYC 615 - Language Development Credits: 3

PSYC 630 - Developmental Disabilities Credits: 3

PSYC 648 - Developmental Psychopathology Credits: 3

PSYC 669 - Social and Emotional Development Credits: 3

PSYC 780 - Applied Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 592 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6(when the content is developmental, with approval of advisor)

Other developmental courses chosen with approval of advisor

A maximum of one course (0-3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 614 - The Psychology of Aging Credits: 3

PSYC 617 - Child Psychopathology Credits: 3

PSYC 619 - Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy Credits: 3

Thesis research or practicum experience (4 credits) chosen from one of these options:

Thesis (4 credits)

The thesis includes a combination of PSYC 798/799. Per the University Catalog, at least 3 hours must be 799; these 3 hours must be taken the first semester in which PSYC 799 is registered. Thus, this is generally a combination of 1 credit of PSYC 798 and 3 of PSYC 799.

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6(minimum of 3 credits)

Practicum (4 credits)

PSYC 792 - Psychology Practicum Credits: 1-6(take 3 credits)

PSYC 597 - Directed Reading and Research Credits: 1-6(take 1 credit)

Professional seminar (2 credits)

Students should take 1 credit in fall and 1 credit in spring of their first year.

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Electives (4-5 credits)

Elective credits should be chosen in consultation with your advisor.  Elective credit can be taken via content courses, further practicum, directed reading, or research credits, or further thesis credits (i.e. more than 4 credits). Electives may also come from other departments although these often require permission of the instructor.

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)

The clinical psychology concentration trains students to have flexibility to fill the evolving functions of clinical psychologists, including research, direct provision of clinical services, supervision, program development and evaluation, and consultation.

The clinical psychology MA concentration is not a terminal degree. Students who have been admitted to the doctoral program with a concentration in clinical psychology may apply to receive the MA in psychology on completion of 30 credits of course work. Students must also be in good standing in the program, as determined by the director of clinical training.

Four foundation courses (14 credits)

PSYC 810 - Psychological Assessment I Credits: 4

PSYC 811 - Psychological Assessment II Credits: 4

PSYC 822 - Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I Credits: 3

PSYC 860 - Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing Credits: 3

Two practicum courses (6 credits)

PSYC 861 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth Credits: 3

PSYC 862 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults Credits: 3

Three or more courses in advanced statistics and research methods (10-11 credits)

Note: For doctoral quantitative emphases B and C, both PSYC 754 and PSYC 756 must be taken, but only one of these courses is required for the MA.

PSYC 644 - Methods for Social Research Credits: 3

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

A choice of:  

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3

Total: minimum 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)

The concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

Two courses (5 credits) of specialized content

PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology Credits: 2

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

One chemistry course (3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

PSYC 592 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6(when topic is Biological Bases of Mental Illness and Drug Abuse)

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 OR PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

Professional seminar (1 credit)

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Elective courses (at least 9 credits)

Students complete the 32 credits required for the degree through additional credits of course work or research. They can choose from courses below or other courses with the approval of their advisor. Students intending to pursue a doctorate are strongly advised to take PSYC 531.

PSYC 531 - Mammalian Neurobiology Credits: 3

PSYC 552 - Histology/Histochemistry of the Brain Credits: 5

BIOL 583 - General Biochemistry Credits: 4

PSYC 561 - Behavioral Biology of Substance Abuse Credits: 3

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

A thesis is normally required, but 6 credits of PSYC 792 - Practicum may serve as a substitute if approved by the advisor and program coordinator.

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6(minimum of 3 credits)

Total: 32 credits

◊ Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF)

The human factors/applied cognition concentration trains students in the application of cognitive science to real-world problems. Students gain expertise in such areas as human/computer interaction, cognitive system engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and transportation. Faculty members help place students who do not have real-world experience in a part- or full-time practicum before completing the degree.

One core course (3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

One required course (4 credits)

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

One additional course (3-4 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of specialized content

PSYC 530 - Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors Credits: 3

PSYC 645 - Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) which may be repeated, chosen from:

PSYC 734 - Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

Electives (0-8 credits)

Students complete the 30 credits required for this degree through additional course work, including courses not listed above, within or outside the department, with prior written approval of the graduate director.

Optional Practicum (6 credits)

Students need an advisor's approval to register for practicum.

PSYC 730 - Practicum in Applied Psychology Credits: 1-6

Optional Thesis (6 credits)

Students need the chair's approval to register for thesis. Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6(minimum of 3 credits)

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Expertise can be developed in a variety of areas, including personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, and human performance assessment.

One core course (3 credits)

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

Three courses (at least 10 credits) of statistics

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 or PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods Credits: 3 or PSYC 633 - Evaluative Research in Psychology Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of survey of content

PSYC 636 - Survey of Industrial Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 639 - Survey of Organizational Processes Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) of specialized content chosen from:

When their topic is relevant, other courses, including sections of PSYC 592, may be applied to this requirement.

PSYC 638 - Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation Credits: 3

PSYC 640 - Techniques in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 733 - Issues in Personnel Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 741 - Psychology of Work Motivation Credits: 3

PSYC 667 - Behavior in Small Groups and Teams Credits: 3

PSYC 631 - Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation Credits: 3

PSYC 739 - Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

1 credit of professional development chosen from:

   Practicum (Students need an advisor's approval to register for practicum.)

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Electives (0-3 credits)

Students complete the 32 credits required for this degree through additional course work in statistics or specialized content.

Total: 32 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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