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Degree Requirements

MA Course 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.

Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 492PRINCIPLES OF CONSULTATION4
PSY 493ADVANCED COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 520PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY4
PSY 568SEMINAR IN PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION4
or PSY 495 GRANT WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 569SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION4
PSY 590THESIS RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 quarters)0

Statistics and Methodology Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 410ADVANCED STATISTICS I4
PSY 411ADVANCED STATISTICS II4
PSY 420QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN4
Select one of the following:4
PSY 416
METHODS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
PSY 418
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
PSY 419
FACTOR ANALYSIS AND STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
PSY 450
PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
PSY 558
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STATISTICS
GEO 441
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Elective Courses

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.

Research Course

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 597MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH4

Master’s Thesis Research

Complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department. 

Master’s Thesis Examination

The examination may be, but is not necessarily limited to, an oral defense of the student’s thesis.

PhD Course Requirements

Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 568SEMINAR IN PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION4
or PSY 495 GRANT WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 567SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 585FIELDWORK IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS (6 quarters)0

Statistics and Methodology

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following courses, which must be different from the Stats and Methodology course completed for the MA requirements:4
PSY 416
METHODS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
PSY 418
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
PSY 419
FACTOR ANALYSIS AND STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
PSY 450
PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
PSY 558
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STATISTICS
GEO 441
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Elective Courses

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.

Additional Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 565PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (9 quarters)0
PSY 550SEMINAR IN TEACHING PSYCHOLOGY0

Research Course

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 599DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH4

Field Work and Practicum

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.​

Doctoral Teaching

Students are required to demonstrate competency in the teaching of psychology through teaching one undergraduate course during the doctoral portion of their degree.

Dissertation

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.  

Oral Examination

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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