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Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers the Master of Science degree with concentrations in the following areas: (1) general psychology and (2) clinical psychology. Students interested in becoming community college teachers, researchers, or in pursuing further study toward the doctorate are advised to select the concentration in general psychology. 

In addition, those who are interested in pursing doctoral work in school psychology can take educational psychology courses through the general psychology concentration. If students' vocational goals include working in therapy or assessment services, they should pursue the clinical concentration. Outstanding performance in either area may lead to college teaching. Advisor's are appointed to aid students in selecting and developing a program in terms of their interests.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students are admitted for the clinical psychology track during the Fall semester only.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required as part of the application packet and prior to receiving an offer of admission.
  3. All students are required to complete a supplemental application along with the admissions application. ONLY completed applications will be screened.

Unconditional Admission 

In additional to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the Department of Psychology requires:

  1. a minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology, including at least one course in each of the following:
    1. social, personality, cognitive, or developmental psychology
    2. research methods, quantitative methods, or experimental psychology, and
    3. physiological psychology;
  2. a 3.00 grade point average (on a scale of 4.00 points) in psychology or major area; and
  3. an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.8.

Conditional Admission

Applicants can be granted conditional admission under the general provisions of the Graduate School whenever the requirements in 1, 2, and/or 3 above are not met, if additional program slots are available. Applicants also must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 in the undergraduate major, or a 3.00 grade point average during last two years of undergraduate course work, or a minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 900 in order to be admitted with conditional status in psychology.

Change of Status

In order to achieve unconditional status and advance to candidacy, students must

  1. complete all undergraduate prerequisites listed on the Program Card by the major advisor including experimental or physiological psychology;
  2. earn a B average in the first 15 graduate-level hours of their planned program of study; and
  3. successful completion of PSYC 528.

Continuing Status

Continuing status is dependent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with no more than two grades of C, as well as a favorable review by the departmental graduate faculty committee. For anyone with a grade below C, continuing status is subject to further departmental review.

Program Requirements

In the general or the educational area, a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of acceptable course work including the writing of a thesis is required for the master's degree. The clinical program requires 45 semester hours including practica (9 semester hours) and thesis (3 semester hours).

With normal progress, the master's degree in psychology requires two years of full-time study in a planned program. The general and educational concentrations are frequently completed in less time, while the clinical concentration may take longer.

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