M.A. in General Theoretical Psychology Behavioral Research Scholar Track


Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credits in the courses approved for a graduate major in psychology (Behavioral Research Scholar Track).  Students should complete core requirements before progressing to other courses.

Students receiving two or more grades below B– in any graduate course will be placed on academic probation with the possibility of a reduced course load for the next regular semester. Students receiving a concurrent or subsequent third grade below B– will not be permitted to continue in the program. A grade point ratio of at least 2.75 must be maintained at all times to continue in the program.

Core Courses (18 credits)

PSYC6128     Computer Applications & Report Writing
PSYC6122     Clinical Research Methods*
PSYC7110     Statistical Analysis and Design I*
PSYC7111     Statistical Analysis and Design I*
PSYC7810     Master’s Thesis Research I
PSYC7812     Master’s Thesis Research II

Required Courses (9 credits)

Students, with an adviser's approval, will select a minimum of 9 credits from the following list of courses.

PSYC6111     Theories of Personality
PSYC6114     Psychopathology
PSYC7133     Learning, Cognition and Emotion*
PSYC7122     Developmental Psychology
PSYC7125     Applied Social Psychology
PSYC7130     Biological Bases of Behavior *

Electives (partial listing) (9 credits)

Students will elect up to 9 credits from the following list of courses.

PSYC6624      Introduction to Psychotherapy
PSYC6230     Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSYC6630     Counseling and Interviewing
PSYC6115     Child Psychopathology
PSYC6130      Interviewing Techniques
PSYC6231     Psych  Bases for Criminal Behavior

The graduate program of studies should be completed within a period of five years. Students in the Behavioral Research Scholar Track do not have to take the Comprehensive Examination. *Courses taken in our Clinical Ph.D. program.

Suggested course schedule for BRST.

Fall (Year 1)

Comp Applications and Report Writing (online)
Statistical Analysis and Design I
Clinical Research Methods

Spring (Year 1)

Statistical Analysis and Design II
Required/Elective
Required/Elective

Fall (Year 2)

Master’s Thesis Research I
Required/Elective
Required/Elective

Spring (Year 2)

Master’s Thesis Research II
Required/Elective
Required/Elective