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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, M.A.

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(36 UNITS)

The Master of Arts in Psychology provides advanced coursework and research training in core areas of psychology. Completing the M.A. can facilitate application to doctoral programs and provide skills important to careers in education, research, the health professions and industry. The program is not designed for students wishing to pursue a clinical/counseling career path.

Admission to Graduate Standing - Classified

Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. a 3.0 average in psychology coursework;
  2. approved lower-division equivalent courses in psychology;
    • Introductory Psychology (e.g., PSYC 101 )
    • Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (e.g., PSYC 201 )
    • Research Methods in Psychology (e.g., PSYC 202 )
  3. approved upper-division equivalent coursework, including classes in history of psychology (e.g., PSYC 408 ) with a “B-” (2.7) or better (if history of psychology is not completed prior to entering the program it may be completed during the program); and advanced statistics (e.g., PSYC 465 ) with a “B-” (2.7) or better, completed prior to entering or within the first semester. Also, four additional psychology classes completed from the areas below; classes must be from three different areas and one must be a lab class;
    • Learning and Memory
    • Cognition/Information Processing
    • Sensation and Perception/Physiological/Biological
    • Social/Personality
    • Abnormal/Clinical
    • Developmental
  4. satisfactory performance in the General (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical) test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  5. three satisfactory letters of recommendation. One must be from a psychology professor;
  6. meet the University’s Writing Proficiency Requirement;
  7. empirical research (outside of coursework) supervised by a professor. This may include independent study, honors thesis, etc.

Admission to the program is based on competitive evaluation of qualifications and is at the sole discretion of the Psychology Department’s Graduate Studies Committee. New students are admitted to the Master of Arts program in the fall only. Both the university and department applications must be completed on time for full consideration. The university application must be submitted online.

Departmental application forms may be obtained from The deadline for submitting applications and all supporting materials is March 1.

Admission to Graduate Standing - Conditionally Classified

It may be possible for an applicant with minimal deficiencies in prerequisite requirements, but who is otherwise highly qualified, to be admitted conditionally to the program. Provisions for the removal of these deficiencies would be outlined as part of the conditional acceptance. Deficiencies must be removed prior to granting classified standing. For further information, consult the graduate program adviser.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Psychology requires approved graduate work, including the completion and acceptance by the department of a written thesis that has been defended orally. Each student, in consultation with the graduate coordinator, will develop a program of study. This program will be outlined on an official university study plan form and submitted to the department’s Graduate Studies Committee for review and approval. To be advanced to candidacy, students must receive a grade of “B-” (2.7) or better on all study plan courses and maintain a 3.0 grade point average overall.

400-/500-Level Content Courses (12-15 units)

Complete four 400-/500-level psychology classes; one from the Quantitative category, and the remaining from at least two different categories: Applied Research Cognitive Social/Personality/Industrial Developmental Quantitative Sensory Processes/Physiological/Biological

Additional Information

A list of qualifying classes for each category is available from the psychology graduate office.

Additional Information

Students must complete PSYC 500  within their first semester in the program.

Following university regulations, a maximum of five years is normally allowed for completing degree requirements.

Total (36 units)

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