A graduate degree in psychology
Are you looking to earn a master’s degree to further your career or prepare for a doctoral program? Our Master of Arts in psychology program prepares students for a variety of careers or doctoral psychology programs as they gain valuable research and teaching experience.
The Master of Arts in psychology program is designed to expose students to some of the main subfields in psychology as well as train students to conduct psychological research and teach psychology courses at the college level. The curriculum may be of interest to individuals seeking to increase their chances of being accepted into psychology doctoral programs and those who would like to earn a master’s degree in psychology as a means of achieving their professional goals. Please note that our master’s program does not provide specific training to become a counselor or therapist.
The program can prepare students for Ph.D. programs or pave the way to a rewarding career in a variety of industries.
Graduate program admission requirements
Prerequisites for the Master of Arts in psychology include:
- General psychology, psychological statistics and research design courses (or equivalent courses)
- Nine credit hours in social and behavioral sciences
- Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0
- Graduate Record Examination scores
- Factor scores are calculated for each applicant based on his/her GPA and GRE scores. Factor scores of 390 or higher are viewed favorably. The formula for calculating the factor score is (GPA X 30) + GRE combined score (verbal + quantitative)
- Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis
- Students can choose a thesis or nonthesis option. Students who chose the nonthesis option must complete a teaching practicum.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistantships consist of working 20 hours a week assisting professors with research and/or teaching. See below for application.
The application deadline for fall admission is July 15; however, review of applications begins around May 1, with consideration given based on the date application materials are received. Applications received earlier will be given higher priority. See the application checklist for materials to be submitted.