Note: The program is not currently accepting applications. A decision will be made mid-November on whether the program will start accepting applications for Fall Semester 2018.
The Master of Arts in Psychology degree provides access to high quality graduate education in psychology to students who are interested in the application of psychological theory and methods to a variety of research, business, government, and organizational issues. The program's theoretical orientation requires students to examine the complex relationships among individual, group, and communities and the impact of the wider environment in which we live and work. The program emphasizes psychological theories, methods and applications to general settings (this is not a counseling or clinical therapy program).
Generally, new students are accepted for the fall and spring semesters only. To be considered for admission to the MA in Psychology program, you must:
- hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university by the time you start the program with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (in some cases we will consider GPA in the last 45-60 credits earned);
- have a psychology major or equivalent;
- have completed prerequisite courses (Metropolitan State Course shown as example):
- General Psychology (e.g., PSYC 100),
- A Research Methods Course (e.g., PSYC 312),
- A Statistics Course (e.g., STAT 201 or PSYC 307).
- Submit a writing sample, preferably a research report
- GRE scores accepted, but not required
International students should note the additional university requirements described under Admission
Information in this catalog.
- Graduate Application
- Non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
- Official transcripts
- Letter of intent that describes how your experiences and career goals fit the program
- Current resume or vita
- Three letters of reference (including at least two from former professors)
See Applying to the Program for details on the requirements and deadline.
Graduate courses taken elsewhere may be transferred into the master's degree program for up to nine degree credits. Courses to be transferred must be equivalent to courses in the program or be relevant to the student's plan of study. Decisions about transfer credit are made on a case-by-case basis by the graduate program coordinator.
The goal of the psychology master's program is to provide students with an opportunity for both breadth of knowledge in Psychology and depth in an area of personal relevance or interest. Students graduating from this program will have attained the following:
- advanced understanding of the science and practice of psychology;
- ability to be critical consumers of the existing psychological and behavioral science literature;
- ability to apply psychological principles to relevant and diverse issues in businesses, communities, or organizations;
- ability to assess the impact of programs and interventions;
- ability to pursue an in-depth study of the topic and setting of interest to the student; and
- ability to conduct independent applied research.