The Master of Arts Program in Psychology

The Master of Arts program in psychology offers concentrations in clinical psychology, behavioral medicine/health psychology, social/ personality psychology, and neuroscience/psychobiology, and instruction in psychopathology, social psychology, women's health, behavioral medicine, statistics, clinical assessment, stress and emotional behavior, cognitive behavior therapy, and other areas. Both clinical and research practicum sites are available. Most students complete the program in two years. While an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, students must have taken a statistics course to be considered for admission to the program.

The master's program in psychology consists of 12 graduate-level, four-credit semester courses. One course (Advanced Psychological Statistics) is required of all students. Those planning to elect the clinical practical must take Psychology 505, Seminar in Advanced Psychopathology, and Psychology 519, Advanced Clinical Psychology. The normal distribution of courses involves taking seven courses during the first year and, in the second year, three courses and the thesis, which counts as two courses. Please note that all M.A. courses, despite a separate graduate course number, are held concurrently with advanced undergraduate courses. Graduate students receive a separate syllabus with enhanced readings and requirements. There is also an additional hour-long meeting each week that is exclusively for graduate students enrolled in that course. Programs of study are developed in consultation with the academic adviser and are reported to the Academic and Administrative Procedures Committee.