Enrolling in this program
Program eligibility requirements
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 the International Student admission information.
Program note: The Master of Arts in Psychology is not accepting applications at this time.
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.
Requirements (36 credits)
Required (12 credits)
In addition, PSYC 605 Theories of Psychological Science (4 credits) is required.
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.
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.
Advanced methods (at least 3 credits)
In addition, PSYC 607 Advanced Topics in Quantitative Data Analysis (3 credits) is an option.
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.
Thesis or project (minimum of 4 credits)
Electives (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 graduate program coordinator).