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Degree Requirements

MS Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

​Students must complete at least 48 quarter hours and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.

Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 406PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES4
PSY 410ADVANCED STATISTICS I4
PSY 411ADVANCED STATISTICS II4
PSY 420QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN4
Select one of the following:4
PSY 439
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
PSY 554
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PSY 555
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Select one of the following: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:4
PSY 430
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SELF
PSY 435
PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
PSY 556
PREJUDICE AND INTERGROUP RELATIONS
PSY 560
SOCIAL COGNITION

Diversity Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
PSY 520
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY
PSY 521
PSYCHOLOGY OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILD
PSY 561
ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN AND GENDER
PSY 554
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PSY 555
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
PSY 556
PREJUDICE AND INTERGROUP RELATIONS

Graduate Capstone

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
PSY 597
MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (empirical only)
PSY 592
DIRECTED RESEARCH (empirical only)

Sample Psychology Elective Courses 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three of the following:12
PSY 416
METHODS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
PSY 418
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
PSY 419
FACTOR ANALYSIS AND PATH MODELING
PSY 422
COMPUTING FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST
PSY 435
PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
PSY 440
PSYCHOLOGY OF WORK AND MOTIVATION
PSY 441
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
PSY 442
PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 444
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL
PSY 446
PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS
PSY 448
CONCEPTS, METHODS, AND ETHICS FOR INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 450
PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
PSY 461
ETHICS & HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY SEMINAR
PSY 473
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND DECISION- MAKING
PSY 486
ADVANCED PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
PSY 487
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF THE CHILD
PSY 491
TREATMENT METHODS WITH CHILDREN
PSY 492
PRINCIPLES OF CONSULTATION
PSY 493
ADVANCED COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 511
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 554
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PSY 555
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
PSY 556
PREJUDICE AND INTERGROUP RELATIONS
PSY 558
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED STATISTICS
PSY 559
SEMINAR IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 560
SOCIAL COGNITION
PSY 680
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

With the permission of the Program Director, students may be able to substitute other psychology or non-psychology courses for the diversity and elective requirements detailed above.

Additional Requirements

In addition, program requirements include two options for demonstrating successful completion of the program: 1) a traditional master's thesis involving an empirical study; or 2) a research study or program evaluation “Capstone” project based on the student's internship or employment experience. Upon completion of coursework, students are required to maintain active student registration status until graduation. 

​​Time Limitation

All degree requirements must be successfully completed within a maximum period of five years.

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