The program is designed to prepare students for doctoral work by providing training through research and basic courses in cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. It is also possible to develop knowledge in other areas of psychology and/or an interdisciplinary program in consultation with the student's advisor. Graduates of the program have also found psychology-related employment in a variety of research and applied settings.
The curriculum establishes a solid methodological background through a two-semester sequence in experimental design and statistics. An introduction to most of the subareas of psychology is provided in the History and Systems course, which contributes to general psychological knowledge, or breadth. A multi-course concentration in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology is taken to develop depth of knowledge. Elective hours allow for greater depth or breadth within psychology, or exposure to interdisciplinary interests in computer science, education, business, engineering, communication, or biology. Collaborative research is strongly recommended, beginning with a first-year research project developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor.
The faculty members of the General Psychology M.A. Program conduct research devoted to understanding reading, perceptual and cognitive processing, group interaction, social interaction, and the effects of television. There are ample microcomputers, videotaping facilities, and sound-isolated observation rooms with intercoms available.
Graduates of this program and its sub-areas have entered Ph.D. programs at Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Purdue University, Michigan State University, Miami University of Ohio, UCLA, University of California at Riverside, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, Kent State University, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt University, University of Houston, University of Memphis, and University of Maryland. After attaining Ph.D. degrees, some graduates are now teaching at the University of San Diego, Florida Atlantic University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Wright State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Alfred University, Plymouth State College, Lamar University, Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi, a university in Sweden, and Sinclair Community College. Others now work for research organizations or social service agencies.