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MS Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 36. Typically, students complete the program in two years (taking three courses a semester, excluding summers) or three years (taking two courses a semester, excluding summers).

Degree candidates must complete:

A. 15 semester credit hours of core courses:

PSY 5113  Professional Ethics and Standards
PSY 5213  Research Design
PSY 5413  Inferential Statistics
PSY 6113  Psychological Measurement
PSY 6213  Correlation and Regression Analyses
 

B. 9 hours chosen from:

PSY 5303  Developmental Psychology
PSY 5313  Psychopathology
PSY 5323  Individual Differences and Assessment
PSY 5333  Social Psychological Research
PSY 5343  Human Cognition
PSY 5353  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 5363  Health Psychology
PSY 5383  Biological Psychology
PSY 5393  Cross Cultural Psychology
 

C. 6 hours of electives chosen from:

PSY 6513     Psychology Research Internship
PSY 6951-3  Independent Study
PSY 6973     Special Topics in Psychology

D. Option 1 (with thesis): A Master's thesis and 6 hours of PSY 6981-6 Master's Thesis

or

Option 2 (without thesis): 3 additional hours must be completed from the seminar option listed in Section B and PSY 6513 must be completed for an additional 3 hours of credit from the electives listed in Section C. Students seeking this option must notify the Psychology Graduate Program Committee of their intent at least one semester prior to their anticipated graduation date. Students should expect to take the comprehensive examination required for this option during the semester in which they plan to complete the degree. The comprehensive examination can be attempted twice but only once a semester.

Students admitted to the program should consult their assigned faculty advisors or the Graduate Advisor of Record for specific program requirements.

The program does not require proficiency in a foreign language. A written thesis proposal, approved by the student's thesis committee, is required before the student may register for PSY 6981-6 Master's Thesis.

 

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5113 Professional Ethics & Standards
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An examination of the professional standards, ethics, and theoretical and methodological assumptions governing the conduct and publication of research in psychology.

5213 Research Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An examination of criteria and procedures for translating questions of theory and application into effective and relevant research plans.

5303 Developmental Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories and empirical evidence that form the basis for understanding developmental change. Special emphasis is given to the issue of measurement of age-related change.

5313 Seminar in Psychopathology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or prior consent of the instructor.
A critical review of the phenomenon of psychological / psychiatric illness and an outline of the DSM criteria for diagnosing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

5323 Individual Differences and Personality Assessment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories and empirical data regarding the psychological processes that underlie individual differences in personality.

5333 Social Psychological Research
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite:PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories and empirical findings regarding the psychological processes that underlie human social behavior.

5343 Human Cognition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
A critical analysis of the ways that humans select, organize, store, retrieve, modify, and apply information about external events.

5353 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories, research methodology, and empirical findings that form the basis for understanding work behavior. Additional focus on methods used to assess and evaluate behavior and jobs.

5363 Health Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories, research methods, empirical findings, and applications that form a basis for understanding psychological factors in physical and mental health..

5383 Biological Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
A critical analysis of the theories, research methods, and empirical findings that form a basis for understanding the biological factors that underlie human behavior.

5393 Cross Cultural Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 5213 or consent of instructor.
The course provides a foundation for a "context sensitive" psychology influenced by the social, cultural, and environmental contexts in which psychological theory is generated and tested. Topics may include cultural influences on the self-concept, cultural influences within "universal" behaviors, cultural differences for participating in groups and societies, and the influence of culture on personal relationships.

5413 Inferential Statistics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213.
Application of selected parametric and nonparametric procedures to the analysis and interpretation of empirical data.

6113 Psychological Measurement
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An examination of criteria and procedures for the development of valid and reliable measures of behavior.

6213 Correlation and Regression Analyses
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 5213 or consent of the instructor.
Application of selected multivariate procedures to the analysis and interpretation of empirical data.

6513 Psychology Research Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and student's MS advisor.
Students assist in conducting supervised research in a local organization. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.

6951-3 Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing of the instructor and the program's Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master's degree.

6961 Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the MS Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either "CR" (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or "NC" (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

6973 Special Topics in Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and student's MS advisor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. The course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but no more than 3 hours, regardless of discipline, may be applied to the Master's degree.

6981-6 Master's Thesis
1, 3, or 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Written thesis proposal must be approved by the MS Program Committee prior to enrollment.
Supervised thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master's degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

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