Program Overview

Note: The program is not currently accepting applications. 

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).

Admission Criteria

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.

Application Requirements

  • 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. 

Transfer Credits

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.

Additional Information

Program Outcome

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.

How Admissions Works

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Course List


Requirements ( 36 total credits)

Required Courses (12 credits)

Program note: In addition, PSYC 605 Theories of Psychological Science (4 credits) is required.

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  • PSYC 610 Applied Research Methods
    4 credits

    The course will present a wide variety of research designs, analyses and conceptual approaches appropriate to improving our general understanding of behavior and social problems in communities. Methods such as experimental, quasi experimental, survey research, interview and observational may be covered along with issues of sampling, measurement, reliability and validity.

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  • PSYC 618 Program Evaluation
    4 credits

    Learn how to utilize research skills in the applied area of program evaluation, including conceptualization, roles as evaluators, planning and implementing an evaluation, as well as analyzing and reporting results to stakeholders and participants. The strengths and weaknesses of various quantitative and qualitative methods of program evaluation are discussed, emphasizing an awareness of and sensitivity to potential cultural, class, and gender differences in the evaluation process. Students engage in a community-based program evaluation hands-on project.

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Advanced Methods (at least 3 credits)

Program note: In addition, PSYC 607 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Data Analysis (3 credits) is required.

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  • PSYC 615 Qualitative Methods and Analysis
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to classical and contemporary research within the qualitative (or interpretive) paradigm of social science. This course uses hands-on experience in the practicalities of a variety of methods for conducting qualitative and non-intrusive research.

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M.A. Thesis or Project (minimum of 4 credits)

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Elective Courses (14-17 credits)

Could include a practicum, additional psychology courses, approved courses from other departments, and/or other approved learning experiences (including up to 9 graduate transfer credits approved by the psychology program coordinator).

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