DESCRIPTION OF THE MASTERS PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY

The 1-Year MA Program in Psychology provides an advanced education that will transfer well either to a career right after graduation or to further graduate education in a variety of fields such as law, business, medical school, social work, and psychology. 

The full-time program begins with the first summer school session and includes the second summer session and the next two academic semesters.

·          Students receive traditional and general grounding in psychology via courses chosen from our regularly offered graduate courses.  In addition, MA students have:

o   A faculty advisor specifically for the MA program who is available for consultation on course selection, career opportunities, and other matters.

o   Professional development opportunities that address concerns about graduate school, career and personal choices, professional presentation, etc.

o   Courses in statistics, clinical psychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, integrative neuroscience, and social/health psychology.

o   Depending on interests and qualifications, the opportunity to engage in research under the direction of Psychology and Psychiatry Department faculty. 

o   “Brown bag” seminars (Social/Health, Cognitive Science, or Integrative Neuroscience).  These are informal weekly meetings where graduate students, post-docs, and faculty present their current research.

·       Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their GPAs (minimum 3.25), 3 letters of recommendation, and their personal statement. GREs are optional.

Timeline:

                End of February: Application period ends.

                March and April: Offers of admission.

                End of May: Program begins.

        Note the extraordinarily short period between admissions offers and the start of the program. If you have reason to doubt that you will be able to satisfy all bureaucratic and practical tasks that will allow you to join the program on time, you may wish to re-consider applying.

       

·         COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM will be contingent on completion of 30 credits with at least a 3.0 GPA, as per the regulations of the Graduate School.

Sample Curriculum

Semester

Title

Credits

Summer session 1

Graduate Statistics

3

Summer session 2

Other elective

3

Fall

Brown Bag 1

3

Course in Abnormal Psychology

3

Course in Social Psychology

3

Research

3

Spring

Brown Bag 2

3

Course in Cognitive Science

3

Course in Integrative Neuroscience

3

Research or other elective

3

Total

30