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

Admission into the general psychology program is competitive and based on the quality of the overall application. If you are not an undergraduate psychology major, a minimum of 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology course work is required, including introductory psychology, statistics, and experimental psychology (or a two-course sequence in research methods in psychology). A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (or better) on a 4.0 scale, and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 (or better) in psychology course work is desirable.

Students are admitted into the general psychology program only beginning in the fall term. Students are ONLY admitted as full-time students. The application deadline is March 1 for full consideration of financial aid; however, applications received after this date may be considered.

You should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities should 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 (at least two from professors familiar with your academic work).
  3. A personal statement.
  4. Official GRE test scores. The general test is required, and the subject test is psychology is recommended. Ideally, applicants will have a cumulative GRE score above 300, with neither the verbal or quantitative section falling below 147.

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.

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