The MA in Psychology program is designed to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level and/or for careers in psychology and the helping professions. Students choose one of three tracks that best serves their educational goals. All three tracks share a core set of courses, taken in the first year building upon their undergraduate experiences, which provide advanced knowledge of scientific psychology. These courses provide a rigorous knowledge base of applied and academic skills which include biological, acquired or learned, social, and individual bases of behavior. Additionally, all students receive advanced training in research methods and statistics. The tracks are:
General: a 30-36 credit program designed for students who want to move on to PhD programs, usually in non-clinical areas of psychology. Through independent study and active research collaboration, students work closely with faculty mentors. The culmination is a Master’s thesis based on empirical research.
Clinical (with research emphasis): a 39-42 credit program designed for students who want to move on to PhD programs, typically in clinical psychology. In addition to its emphasis on diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders, students in this track also engage in research in close collaboration with faculty mentors. The culmination is a Master’s thesis based on empirical research.
Clinical (with applied emphasis): a 48 credit program designed for students interested in developing a skill set that includes clinical competency such as diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders, and it culminates in a semester-long practicum placement in an applied setting.
In the clinically-focused tracks, students are trained as scientists and practitioners, concerned with the application of psychological principles to the treatment and prevention of behavior disorders. Courses provide theoretical and practical training in contemporary methods of assessment, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral clinical intervention, and program evaluation.
For Program Advisement
Sara J. Margolin, PhD Graduate Director, Master of Arts in Psychology