The College of Arts and Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Master of Science in Psychology

 

Students in our program can graduate either by completing a practicum, or by successfully completing and defending an original research project (thesis).  As such, our program offers two tracks: a thesis track and a practicum track.

Students can also choose to complete both tracks. In this scenario, the thesis satisfies the graduation requirement, and a practicum is undertaken to either strengthen the student’s academic vita, or to help her or him pursue post-Master’s employment in a clinical setting. 

We only admit in the Fall term and applications are due by April 15. Required application procedures and commonly asked questions

Thesis Track

A thesis is a guided research experience that is supposed to help students learn to produce and publish original research. A thesis is required for those that plan to also go on to a doctoral program. Students need to work closely with their academic advisor to make sure they are registering for courses that will lead towards completion of one of these programs of study. The department has a once-a-year admission policy (fall only). Thus each class is fall start cohort.
Clinical Thesis Program of Study 

Practicum Track

If students do not plan to do doctoral work, we recommend the practicum track.  Students may find it more difficult to obtain employment in settings that provide direct clinical services if they have not completed a practicum. Students need to work closely with their academic advisor to make sure they are registering for courses that will lead towards completion of one of these programs of study. The department has a once-a-year admission policy (fall only). Thus each class is fall start cohort.
Clinical Practicum Program of Study 

All graduate students, regardless of chosen track, are also required to successfully complete the graduate comprehensive exam.

Comprehensive Exam 

As part of the program requirements, students are required to complete our comprehensive examinations. The purpose of the examination is to allow you to demonstrate your competency of the material learned in your graduate studies. Studying for this examination will give you a chance to integrate what you have learned in your classes and to remedy your deficiencies, and will help prepare you to take the licensing exam. Each comp has an associated outline and study guide(s) so it will be clear what you need to know. 
Comprehensive Exam Information

Graduate Assistantships

The Psychology Department offers a small number of graduate assistantships (GAs) that are available on a competitive basis. The Department offers three types of Assistantships. 
Graduate Assistantship Information
Assistantship Application

Graduate Scholarships


For more information, please contact the Psychology Department 
faculty and staff