College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Graduate Programs > Community Psychology (MA/PhD) > Degree Requirements
The MA portion of the combined degree program requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours beyond the completion of a bachelor’s degree, including four quarter hours of thesis research.
Two elective courses are required. Electives can be any graduate-level psychology course, or any graduate-level non-psychology course, with permission from the faculty advisor or program director.
Complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department.
The examination may be, but is not necessarily limited to, an oral defense of the student’s thesis.
Three elective courses required to complete the minimum number of credit hours. One elective must be any graduate-level psychology course. The remaining two electives can be any graduate-level psychology course or any graduate-level non-psychology course, with permission from the faculty advisor or program director.
All students develop two applied community-based fieldwork projects. They develop relationships with community organizations, design a project based on mutual interests, and receive individual and group supervision to implement the project they design. Metropolitan Chicago has a large population of community sites to draw upon as resources for assisting in placing students in practica and job-related sites.
The student should form a dissertation committee and begin work on the dissertation proposal. The dissertation includes the acceptance of the proposal and acceptance of the final dissertation.
Student is to defend their dissertation and to show competence in the general field of psychology and in the area of specialization.
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