B.A./M.A. Program in General-Theoretical Psychology


This program, leading to a master’s degree in general/theoretical psychology, allows students to complete the typical B.A./M.A. course sequence in five years, rather than the usual six years of full-time study.
Entrance and Curriculum Requirements for B.A./M.A. Program:

Students can enter the program as incoming freshmen or as students already enrolled in an undergraduate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University (or incoming transfer students). Current undergraduate students must first complete a minimum of 12 credits in psychology. Students’ academic and work experiences should reflect a strong potential for successfully completing the academic requirements of the accelerated B.A./M.A. program. Academic potential for either incoming freshmen or current undergraduate students will be determined by the School of Psychology on the basis of the following:

  • SAT scores

  • Academic transcripts

  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation

  • A personal statement regarding academic and career goals

Students will be allowed to continue in the graduate component of the five-year degree program upon evaluation of performance in the undergraduate component of the program; this evaluation will be performed by a committee of psychology faculty at the end of each student’s fourth year. With regard to credits earned in graduate courses, students are required to maintain a minimum overall grade point ratio of 2.75 and must not earn more than two C level grades throughout their graduate course work. Students receiving two or more grades below a B- in core courses will not be permitted to continue in the program. Students in this circumstance who are not permitted to continue in the graduate program will receive the B.A. in psychology upon successful completion of their undergraduate curriculum (a total of 120 credits).

A written comprehensive examination of the candidate’s knowledge of general psychology or a master’s thesis is required at the end of the graduate component of program. The comprehensive examination may be taken only twice. Failure to pass the comprehensive examination will result in dismissal from the program.