The Master's in General Psychology Program aims to produce well-rounded master’s-level psychologists through a strong foundation in methods and content of psychology. In addition, the program allows students to develop their training in one or more subspecialties that they might envision as a professional goal. Some students take this opportunity to “test the waters” of many different specialties such as industrial-organizational psychology, health psychology, and quantitative methods.
Finally, students may choose between a thesis-track option and an applied-track option. The thesis track involves conducting an independent research project and should be seriously considered by students who intend to do doctoral work. The applied track involves supervised practical experience in an organization or agency setting. This is usually considered by students who wish to incorporate more practical experience in their program.
The MA in General Psychology may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
Learning Outcomes for the MA in General Psychology
1) Demonstrate the ability to access psychological literature and to summarize and evaluate this literature;
2) Demonstrate the ability to derive new research questions based upon literature in at least on area of psychology;
3) Demonstrate the ability to choose an appropriate research design to address a chosen question;
4) Demonstrate the ability to generate testable hypotheses;
5) Demonstrate the ability to chose and apply appropriate analytic procedures for analyzing data;
6) Demonstrate the awareness of ethical standards in the treatment of human subjects;
7) Demonstrate the ability to break down complex and ambiguous problems into their component parts and to use primary referenced empirical information to evaluate a knowledge claim;
8) Demonstrate knowledge of psychological applications in multiple areas and the ability to critique the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of these applications;
9) Demonstrate the ability to communicate the outcomes of analytical thinking in both oral and written forms;
10) Demonstrate knowledge in three of the four following areas: physiological psychology, social psychology, learning theories/applications, lifespan development (Course distribution/completion goal);
11) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of at least one subdiscipline of psychology, among, but not limited to health psychology, physiological psychology, organizational psychology, clinical psychology or developmental psychology (Course selection/completion goal);
12) Demonstrate a well-developed understanding of psychological principles at the professional level by either completing an appropriate empirical masters thesis or professional practicum experience;
13) Demonstrate research goals above at an appropriate professional level, as well as demonstrate the ability to collect samples of empirical data, treat subjects in an ethical manner, and to publicly present a proposal and results of a significant empirical project; and
14) Demonstrate professionalism and appropriate ethical standards in an applied setting as well as the ability to apply psychological principles in this setting, document the activity, and show how it relates to appropriate research literature in the field.