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Psychology | Master's Program

Master's in Psychology


Degree Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work 
  • Written general comprehensive examination 
  • Thesis option: The master’s thesis involves an original research project. Students must prepare a thesis proposal, collect and analyze data, submit a written thesis, and give an oral defense. The thesis must be accepted by the thesis committee, the department chair, and the university. 
  • Nonthesis option: available only in the General Psychology track (see course requirements below). 
  • All course work for the thesis or nonthesis option must be completed with grades of B or better. 

 

Course Requirements

The pyschology master's program has three different tracks to pursue: general psychology, personality/social psychology, and experimental/biological psychology. View detailed course requriements below.

General Psychology

Personality/Social Psychology

Experimental/Biological Psychology

 

  General Psychology
  • Two courses from the following: 
  • PSYC-505 Advanced Personality Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-514 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-522 Stress, Coping, and Emotion (3)
  • PSYC-533 Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3) 
  • PSYC-540 Advanced Social Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-545 Psychology of Sex Similarities and Differences (3) 
  • PSYC-551 Psychopathology: Theory and Research (3) 
  • PSYC-560 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-568 Alternative Medicine (3)
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) (personality/social psychology) 
  • PSYC-633 Psychological Assessment I (3) 
  • PSYC-670 Behavioral Medicine (3) 
  • Two courses from the following: 
  • PSYC-501 Physiological Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3) 
  • PSYC-518 Advanced Human Neuropsychology (3) 
  • PSYC-530 Conditioning and Learning (3) 
  • PSYC-575 Advanced Memory and Cognition (3) 
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) (experimental/biological psychology) 
  • PSYC-618 Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (3) 
  • graduate seminar in experimental psychology or neuroscience (3) 
  • Graduate statistics course (3) 

Nonthesis Option (General Psychology track only): 

  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • PSYC-550 Psychological Research (3) 
  • PSYC-698 Directed Research (3–6) 
  • 12 credit hours of graduate elective courses with at least 6 credit hours from the Department of Psychology. 

Thesis Option: 

  • PSYC-550 Psychological Research (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • PSYC-796 Master’s Thesis Seminar (3) 
  • PSYC-797 Master’s Thesis Research (1–3) 
  • 9 credit hours of graduate elective courses with at least 6 credit hours from the Department of Psychology.

 

  Personality/Social Psychology
  • Four courses from the following: 
  • PSYC-505 Advanced Personality Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-514 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-522 Stress, Coping, and Emotion (3)
  • PSYC-533 Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3) 
  • PSYC-540 Advanced Social Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-545 Psychology of Sex Similarities and Differences (3) 
  • PSYC-551 Psychopathology: Theory and Research (3) 
  • PSYC-560 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-568 Alternative Medicine (3)
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) (personality/social psychology) 
  • PSYC-633 Psychological Assessment I (3) 
  • PSYC-670 Behavioral Medicine (3) 
  • graduate seminar in clinical, personality, or social psychology (3) 
  • Two courses from the following: 
  • PSYC-501 Physiological Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3) 
  • PSYC-518 Advanced Human Neuropsychology (3) 
  • PSYC-530 Conditioning and Learning (3) 
  • PSYC-575 Advanced Memory and Cognition (3) 
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) (experimental/biological psychology) 
  • PSYC-618 Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (3) 
  • graduate seminar in experimental psychology or neuroscience (3) 
  • PSYC-550 Psychological Research (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • PSYC-796 Master’s Thesis Seminar (3) 
  • PSYC-797 Master’s Thesis Research (1–3) 
  • Graduate statistics course (3) 
  • Graduate elective course (3) 

 

  Experimental/Biological Psychology
  • Four courses from the following: 
  • PSYC-501 Physiological Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3) 
  • PSYC-518 Advanced Human Neuropsychology (3)
  • PSYC-530 Conditioning and Learning (3) 
  • PSYC-575 Advanced Memory and Cognition (3) 
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) (experimental/biological psychology) 
  • PSYC-618 Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (3)
  • PSYC-690 Independent Study Project (3) in a recognized area of experimental/biological psychology 
  • graduate seminar in experimental psychology or neuroscience 
  • Two courses from the following: 
  • PSYC-505 Advanced Personality Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-514 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-522 Stress, Coping, and Emotion (3)
  • PSYC-533 Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3) 
  • PSYC-540 Advanced Social Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-545 Psychology of Sex Similarities and Differences (3) 
  • PSYC-551 Psychopathology: Theory and Research (3) 
  • PSYC-560 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-568 Alternative Medicine (3)
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) (personality/social psychology) 
  • PSYC-633 Psychological Assessment I (3) 
  • PSYC-670 Behavioral Medicine (3) 
  • graduate seminar in clinical, personality, or social psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-550 Psychological Research (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • PSYC-796 Master’s Thesis Seminar (3) 
  • PSYC-797 Master’s Thesis Research (1–3)
  • Graduate statistics course (3)
  • Graduate elective course (3)