Psychology (BS/MA) Combined Degree Program

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Description

This combined degree program enables students to complete their Bachelors and Masters in Psychology in an accelerated fashion, in as little as five years.  When qualified Brockport undergraduate Psychology majors are admitted to this combined degree program, they may take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in Psychology, all at the undergraduate tuition rate. These credits may apply to undergraduate and graduate degree requirements simultaneously. Upon finishing all undergraduate degree requirements and graduating in good academic standing in the combined degree program, students matriculate directly into the Master of Arts in Psychology program.

Note: the program is designed only for students who intend to pursue the Clinical Research or general Research tracks of the graduate program.

Admission to the Program

Admission to this highly selective combined degree program is restricted to Brockport Psychology students who have:

  • a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits by the end of their 1st semester of their junior year
  • a minimum of one semester of PSH 398, 399, or 499 by the end of their 1st semester of their junior year (with a grade of ‘B’ or higher)
  • all core and content courses for the PSH major completed by the end of their 2nd semester of their junior year
  • a Brockport overall GPA of at least 3.00
  • a Brockport Psychology GPA of at least 3.25
  • a faculty member willing to serve as their graduate research mentor

Qualified students interested in this combined degree program should speak with their undergraduate faculty advisor or the graduate coordinator. The application deadline is November 1. Applications include:

  • online application
  • 2 letters of recommendation from Psychology faculty (one must come from the prospective faculty graduate research mentor)
  • statement of objectives

The Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate Advisory Committee of the Department of Psychology, which makes final recommendations regarding admission. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Successful applicants will be admitted during the second semester of their junior year. Achievement of the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Program Requirements

Taking Graduate Classes as a Combined Degree Student

Once admitted to this combined degree program, undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in Psychology at the undergraduate tuition rate. Up to 12 of these credits can fulfill undergraduate Psychology major requirements. These 12 credits can fulfill requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology once students matriculate into that program.

When combined degree students have fulfilled all requirements for their Psychology major and their undergraduate degree, they may no longer take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rate. Furthermore, no more than 12 graduate credits taken as undergraduates at Brockport can transfer into their graduate degree program and fulfill its course requirements.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing in the Program

Once admitted to the combined degree program, undergraduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative Brockport undergraduate GPA and a 3.25 GPA in Psychology to remain in good academic standing.

Students who are dismissed or choose to de-matriculate from the combined degree program, can complete outstanding requirements for the undergraduate major and degree. If such a student subsequently applies for the graduate program, those credits may be transferred to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

Matriculation into the Graduate Program

When undergraduate students in good academic standing in this combined degree program graduate from Brockport, they can automatically matriculate directly into the Master of Arts in Psychology program. All Brockport and Department of Psychology graduate academic policies will then apply to them.

Contact Information for Questions and Advisement:

Dr. Sara Margolin
(585) 395-2908
smargoli@brockport.edu

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