Psychology, General (M.A.)

Prepare yourself for doctoral work through our program of intense research and our innovative curriculum.

You will develop a solid methodological background through a two-semester sequence in experimental design and statistics. An introduction to most of the sub areas of psychology will provide you with the history and systems courses necessary to enter your new discourse community. And to do so, we recommend a multi-course concentration in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology to develop your depth of knowledge.

Our Master of Arts degree program emphasizes collaborative research, beginning with a first-year project developed in conjunction with a faculty adviser.

You will conduct research into understanding reading, perceptual and cognitive processing, group interaction, social interaction and the effects of television. Computers, recording equipment and sound-isolated observation rooms with intercoms are available to ensure that you have professional facilities to conduct research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the general psychology program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé. The personal statement must describe your past research experiences, future goals in psychology, and the individual faculty with which you might be interested in working.
  4. Official GRE test score. Subject test scores in psychology are optional but encouraged.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
Applicants to the graduate psychology programs must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, plus an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in psychology course work. Applicants must have taken a minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology, including an introductory course in statistics, a course in experimental psychology or research design, and six semester hours of upper-level psychology courses.

Additional Information
Full-time students are admitted to the fall term only.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to apply to the general psychology program?
Apply by March 1 to get maximum consideration for admission and support. You need a completed application, which includes transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement before you can be considered. Visit our online application to complete the application process.

What is the purpose of the general psychology program?
The Master of Arts degree program prepares graduates for doctoral programs in cognitive, social or developmental psychology, or employment in educational, research or applied settings. Many of our graduates have earned doctoral degrees at other universities and teach at the university level.

What is the focus of the general psychology program?
We give graduates a broad background in psychology through class work and research experience. You will study research methods, history and content in social, cognitive and developmental psychology.

What are the requirements of the general psychology program?
The program is designed to be completed within two years. A thesis with collected empirical research data and statistical analysis is required. Students are encouraged to engage in as much research as time permits.

What are the advantages of the general psychology program?
We provide a low student-to-faculty ratio, assuring individual attention. Our substantial facilities and professorial instruction will provide you a strong basis for further education or employment.


Dr. R. Matthew Montoya
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director

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