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Psychology | Master's Program

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Results from master's student Gina Luff's research of thinness messages in teen magazines were published in Body Image.

MA in Psychology

Anthony H. Ahrens, PhD, Director

The psychology master's degree program provides students with classroom and laboratory experience that prepares them to work in specialized research and applied fields within psychology and/or entry into clinical and experimental doctoral programs. Master's students can pursue a general psychology track or a specialty track in either personality/social or biological/experimental psychology. Each master's track has its own recommended timetable for completion of study. View the Graduate Student Handbook for detailed information.

Advanced classes in clinical theory and practice as well as in behavioral neuroscience are small and intensive. Graduate students have opportunities to conduct research with faculty in one of the many research labs on campus. Faculty areas of expertise include depression, anxiety disorders, psychotherapy, eating disorders, learning and behavior, neuropsychology, drug addiction, developmental neuroscience, cognitive assessment and therapy, smoking, visual neuroscience, drug expectancies, stress and coping, memory, and visual perception. Research opportunities in our labs and at surrounding premier institutions provide students with serious mentoring in research design and analysis in clinical psychopathology, addictive behaviors and neuropsychology.

The Department of Psychology is a collaborative community where students provide mutual support to one another and work closely with faculty within the department and throughout the university.

Program graduates are pursuing doctoral study or working at a range of psychology-related careers, including clinical-medical research, teaching, counseling and policy formulation, law enforcement and government and regulatory agencies.