M.A. in General Theoretical Psychology


Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credits in the courses approved for a graduate major in psychology. 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 (6 credits)

PSYC6121     Statistics and Research Methods
PSYC6129     Research Methods & Psychometrics

Required Courses (15 credits)

Students, with an adviser's approval, will elect an additional 15 credits (minimum) from the following list of courses. Up to 6 of these 15 credits may consist of independent research/Master’s Thesis research (which is an option to the Comprehensive Examination – see below). Several courses (*) are offered jointly with the Ph.D. program.

PSYC6109     Social Psychological Applications
PSYC6111     Theories of Personality
PSYC6114     Psychopathology
PSYC6128     Computer Applications & Report Writing 
PSYC7122     Developmental Psychology
PSYC7130     Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYC7133     Learning, Cognition and Emotion

Electives (partial listing)  (15 credits)

Students will elect up to 15 credits from any 6000 or 7000 PSYC course

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM or MASTER’S THESIS

Thesis (6 Elective Credits)

In addition to the course requirements, candidates for the master's degree must meet the following requirements: The Comprehensive Examination may be taken a maximum of three times. Subsequent to an initial failure of the examination, the student must retake the entire examination. If this second examination results in failure, the student must petition the faculty for a third and final opportunity to sit for the exam. This opportunity is contingent upon the student entering into a written agreement, approved by the program director and school director, which specifies a program of remedial studies potentially including formal course audits in areas of deficiency. The individual will be allowed to sit for the third examination only after completion of the agreed remedial program. The final and binding nature of this examination also will be a part of this written agreement. If a student completes a Master's Thesis, the Comprehensive Examination will be waived.

The graduate program of studies should be completed within a period of five years.