Masters of Arts in Psychology

PLEASE NOTE:  This program has been revised. Clinical training will no longer be provided at the master's level. For clinical training at the doctoral level, please go to the Health Psychology Ph.D. website.

The M.A. program offers options in Health Psychology (only for co-enrolled Ph.D. students), Community Psychology, and Cognition.

Health Psychology coursework is open only to students co-enrolled in the Health Psychology PhD program. Students pursuing a terminal MA degree must select from Cognitive or Community Psychology coursework options. Applicants are encouraged to check with faculty in those areas to determine if they would be open to serving as their research advisors

For questions and additional information about the M.A. program please contact program director Dr. Jane Gaultney at .

For students interested in training in Community Psychology, read about community psychology and our award-winning program. If you have specific questions related to the Community Psychology program, please contact Dr. Jim Cook at

Graduate Program Admissions

Admission to the Graduate Program for Psychology is very competitive, with many students competing to get into the program. Normally, we only have a few seats for prospective graduates, so we select students with the strongest qualifications.

Application deadline for M.A. in Psychology - March 1st

Late admit deadline is May 1st. Please note: there are seldom positions available for students who submit late admit applications.

Students are admitted only for Fall semester.

Application materials and instructions can be found on the Grad School website


Minimum Admission Requirements - Undergraduate Work

  • Minimum GPA 2.8 overall,
  • 3.0 GPA in psychology courses.
  • 18 hours of undergraduate psychology courses, including research methods.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics.

Additional Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, a student must present the following requirements in addition to those required by the Graduate School:

  • Completed application by March 1
  • 18 hours of undergraduate psychology including Introductory Psychology & Research Methods
  • An undergraduate course in statistics
  • Acceptable scores on the Verbal and Quantitative GRE 

Admission to the program is very competitive for the spaces available each year. Most students who are admitted have much better records than the minimum required. The primary application deadline is March 1 for admission in the Fall semester, but if space is still available, late applications will be considered until May 1st.

Degree Requirements

The program requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. Full-time students should be able to complete the program in two calendar years. A thesis is required.

1. Core Requirements: (18-21 credits)

A. Methodology (6 credits)

  • Option A: Community

    • PSYC 6145 - Applied Research Design and Program Evaluation (3)

    • Other Courses in research methods approved by the student's thesis committee

  • Option B: Cognition

    • RSCH 6110 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics (3)

    • RSCH 6120 Advanced Statistics (3)


    • PSYC 8102 - Research Design and Quantiative Methods in Psychology (3)

    • PSYC 8103 - Basic Quantitative Analyses for Behavioral Sciences (3)

B. Ethics Course (3 credits): Choose one of the following

  • PSYC 6107/8107 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology (3)

  • PHIL 6240/8240 Research Ethics in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (3)

C. Specialty Area

  • Option A: Community Specialty

    • PSYC 6155 Community Psychology (3)

    • One of the following:

      • PSYC 6355 Community Research Practicum (3)

      • PSYC 6455 Practicum in Community Psychology (3)

  • Option B: Cognition Specialty

    • PSYC 6116 Cognition (3)

    • PSYC 6115 Sensation & Perception (3)

    • PSYC 5316 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)


    • PSYC 6200/8200 Health Psychology (3)

    • PSYC 6202/8201 Health Psychology II (3)

D. Thesis (3)

  • PSYC 6999

  • Thesis committees shall have at least 3 members. At least one member should be a member of the psychology faculty. The committee must be approved by the student’s advisor and the program director. After submitting the formal written proposal to the committee, a proposal defense will be scheduled. Approval of the thesis proposal by the committee must be unanimous. Following a successful proposal, the student shall execute the study, write and submit the complete thesis to the committee. An oral defense in front of the committee shall then be scheduled. Approval of the completed thesis by the committee must be unanimous.

2. Electives (12 credits)

  • Minimum 12 elective credits selected in consultation with the student’s Advisory Committee.

  • Hours beyond the 30 hours may be required by the academic advisor and student’s advisory committee. The faculty conduct a thorough review of student performance on a regular basis.

  • Continuation in the program is contingent upon a favorable review during these evaluations. Students who consistently show borderline course performance, who fail to complete coursework in a timely basis, or who otherwise perform unprofessionally or unsatisfactorily, may be required to complete additional courses or may be removed from the program. The enrollment of a student who receives three grades of C or one Unsatisfactory (U) grade during his or her graduate career is automatically terminated.

For more information about program requirements, please see: 

Master of Arts Program Information

Master of Arts Plan of Study (Updated Fall 2017)


A variety of resources are available for financial assistance. These include teaching assistantships, research assistantships from faculty grants, and graduate assistantships in other campus units such as the Learning Center and Disability Student Services.

Research Experiences

Students are encouraged to become involved in ongoing research in the department, and they are required to complete a thesis.