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BA Combined Degree Programs

​Below, you will find information​ regarding the following BA combined degree programs:

  • ​​Psychology (BA) Industrial and Organizational Concentration + Psychology (MS) Industrial and Organizational​
  • Psychology (BA) Community Concentration + Community Psychology (MS)​

Psychology (BA) Industrial and Organizational Concentration + Psychology (MS) Industrial and Organizational​

​The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Psychology (BA) offers several options:

  • The department of psychology offers a combined BA + MS in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology. Students interested in this option should meet with  an I-O faculty member for advising ideally by their second year.
  • Many other combined degree options (BA + MS, BA + MA, BA + MPH, BA + MPA, BA + MSF, etc.) exist for an undergraduate psychology degree and a master's degree in second area of study, including master's degrees offered by other colleges at DePaul. Students should contact the second area of study for advising ideally in their second year. Students may view options in the course catalog.

This program was designed and approved by DePaul University in the late 1980’s as a way to give qualified DePaul undergraduates the opportunity to earn both a BA and an MS degree in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Only students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at DePaul are eligible to apply for this program. The program leads to a terminal MS degree, and should not be seen as an intermediate step towards a doctoral degree. Students who are interested in pursuing a PhD should speak to their advisor regarding the best way to prepare for such a program.

The combined program requires completion of 39 four-credit courses (156 credit hours) by the end of the student's junior year. Note that this requirement is three courses higher than the typical 36 that a student would earn by taking four classes per quarter.

The undergraduate component of this program includes the following:

Course Title Quarter Hours
All Liberal Studies or Honors Program requirements
Psychology core courses:
PSY 105INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I4
PSY 106INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSY 240STATISTICS I4
PSY 241RESEARCH METHODS I4
PSY 242RESEARCH METHODS II4
PSY 380INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 340STATISTICS II4
or PSY 343 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
Select three additional psychology elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to choose these courses from the following:12
PSY 347
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 351
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
PSY 360
THEORIES OF LEARNING AND COGNITION
PSY 340
STATISTICS II (whichever course was not already taken)
or PSY 343
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
General elective courses to reach a total of 156 credits

Students should work with their I-O advisor or I-O Program Director beginning as early as possible, ideally no later than their sophomore year. Applications for the combined program are due by June 1 of their junior year, and they can be found on the CSH Office of Advising and Student Services website. At the time of application, the student should have completed the undergraduate requirements with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher; a strong GPA of at least 3.5 is preferred. Supplemental application forms can be obtained from the I-O Program Director, and they must be submitted to the I-O Program Director together with the student’s Unofficial Transcript from DePaul, statement of goals, and General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Applications will be evaluated by DePaul's Office of Graduate Admission and the Department of Psychology's I-O Admissions Committee. Typically, applicants are informed of the admission decision by by mid-June of the same year.

Students accepted into the graduate portion of the program take three courses per quarter during year four and an additional three courses per quarter during year five. The requirement of nine classes during year five cannot be reduced by taking additional classes during year four; and given the demands of graduate-level coursework, students are strongly discouraged from attempting to take more than three classes at a time. The nine courses taken during year four carry 36 credit hours; these 36 credit hours are added to the completed 156 credit hours to produce 192 credit hours, which meets the minimum requirement for conferral of the BA degree.

The MS degree requires an additional 36 credit hours of graduate coursework earned after conferral of the BA. After a student's BA is conferred, they must adhere to the guidelines that appear in the MA/PhD I-O Program Graduate Academic Student Handbook. One exception is students must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA in MS coursework to remain in good standing, and they must earn at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA by the time of anticipated degree conferral as one of the criteria to be eligible to graduate with their MS. 

The required 18 courses taken during years four and five include the following courses:

Statistics and Methodology

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 410ADVANCED STATISTICS I4
PSY 411ADVANCED STATISTICS II4
Select one of the following:4
PSY 420
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
PSY 418
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
PSY 419
FACTOR ANALYSIS AND PATH MODELING

​Psychology Core 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following cognitive psychology courses:4
PSY 404
PERCEPTION AND COGNITION
PSY 426
LANGUAGE AND COGNITION
PSY 473
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND DECISION- MAKING
Select one of the following social psychology courses:4
PSY 430
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SELF
PSY 556
PREJUDICE AND INTERGROUP RELATIONS
PSY 435
PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Industrial-Organizational Psychology 

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 440PSYCHOLOGY OF WORK AND MOTIVATION4
or PSY 441 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
PSY 442PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY4
or PSY 444 PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL
Select one of the following:4
PSY 445
ADVANCED TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT IN ORGANIZATIONS
PSY 446
PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS
PSY 447
ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTATION
PSY 448CONCEPTS, METHODS, AND ETHICS FOR INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY4
Select one of the following:4
PSY 440
PSYCHOLOGY OF WORK AND MOTIVATION
PSY 441
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
PSY 442
PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 444
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL
PSY 445
ADVANCED TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT IN ORGANIZATIONS
PSY 446
PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS
PSY 559
SEMINAR IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Research

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 597MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH1-4

Elective Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select six additional four-credit courses24

In addition to enrolling in four credit hours of PSY 597, students are required to complete a master’s thesis to confer the MS degree. The thesis is a project that allows the student to focus on a particular area of interest within the I-O field. There are three options available for the MS thesis:

  1. An empirical research project, involving the collection and analysis of data and the writing of the thesis paper in APA style.
  2. A library research paper, where the student reviews work already done on a topic, and writes a paper describing and summarizing that work and making recommendations for theory, research or practice.
  3. An applied thesis, based on work the student is doing at an internship site.

After choosing one of the above options, the student is required to form a thesis committee consisting of a DePaul I-O faculty member who will serve as the committee chair, and a DePaul Psychology faculty member who will serve as a reader; both faculty must hold doctoral degrees. The thesis committee must approve of the student's thesis proposal, which may also need to be approved by the Institutional Review Board before the student may begin work.

Students in the combined program are not required to have a minor area of graduate study. However, the areas of specialization listed for the MA/PhD program are also available to students in the combined program, should they choose to select one.

Students in this program may apply a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours as three courses in their senior year toward both the undergraduate and graduate psychology requirements. The required application for degree conferral for the MS is separate from the required application for degree conferral for the BA. Students must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their fourth year of study.

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​​Psychology (BA) Community Concentration + Community Psychology (MS)

The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree program allows students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates.  These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs.   

The department of psychology offers BA+MS in Community  Psychology. Students interested in this program should meet with the MS in Community Psychology BA-MS program director, preferably during their second year. Applications for admission into the combined program are accepted during the junior year.

This program has been developed in response to needs expressed by community groups and organizations for assistance in addressing the needs of their most vulnerable members. The program prepares students to work at the master's level in the field of Community Psychology in a variety of community, government, and consulting work settings. Students will learn how a community-based social justice perspective recognizes inequalities and promotes the exercise of greater power (i.e., access to resources and decision-making) for communities that have been marginalized, and creates ties to advocacy work with oppressed populations. The program leads to an applied, terminal MS degree and is not designed as an intermediate step toward a doctoral degree. Students interested in pursuing a PhD should speak with their academic advisor about the best way to prepare for a doctoral program.

The combined program requires the completion of 48 courses (192 quarter hours).  Included is a community fieldwork experience.

The undergraduate component of the program includes:  

Course Title Quarter Hours
All Liberal Studies or Honors Program Requirements - approximately 21 courses (84 hours)
Psychology Core courses 5 courses (20 hours)
PSY 105INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I4
PSY 106INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSY 240STATISTICS I4
PSY 241RESEARCH METHODS I4
PSY 242RESEARCH METHODS II4
Community Psychology core courses - 4 courses (16 hours, PSY 359 taken twice)
PSY 354COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 356PRINCIPLES OF FIELD RESEARCH AND ACTION4
PSY 359FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION4
PSY 359FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION4
Quantitative Courses - 3 courses (12 hours)
PSY 410ADVANCED STATISTICS I4
PSY 411ADVANCED STATISTICS II4
PSY 420QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN4
Open electives to reach a total of 192 credits - approximately 15 courses (60 hours)

Students should apply to the program during their junior year, by April 20.  Students should have a grade point average of 3.20 or higher.  Admissions decisions will be made by the faculty administering the program. 

The application process will require prospective students to submit the following information:

  • Undergraduate transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Psychology course history list
  • List of community psychology - related volunteer or employment activities

Admitted students will take the three graduate courses during their senior year.  A maximum of three courses will count toward both the BA degree and the MS degree.  No other others may count more than once.  

Students will need to apply for degree conferral of the BA degree before fully matriculating into the MS degree.  After completing the BA degree, an additional nine courses (36 credit hours) are required to complete the MS degree.   The MS includes 48 credit hours (12 courses plus Field Work).  A maximum of three courses from the BA will count toward the MS (PSY 410, PSY 411, PSY 420).  The remaining courses for the graduate program are as follows:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one class each from two of the seminars listed:8
Cognitive Seminar
PSY 404
PERCEPTION AND COGNITION
PSY 426
LANGUAGE AND COGNITION
PSY 473
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND DECISION- MAKING
Developmental Seminar
PSY 439
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
PSY 554
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PSY 555
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Social Seminar
PSY 430
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SELF
PSY 435
PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
PSY 556
PREJUDICE AND INTERGROUP RELATIONS
PSY 560
SOCIAL COGNITION
Community Core - 5 courses (16 hours)
PSY 492PRINCIPLES OF CONSULTATION4
PSY 493ADVANCED COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 520PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY4
PSY 569SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION4
PSY 585FIELDWORK IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS0
Graduate Psychology Electives - 3 courses 12

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