Master of Arts in Psychology: General

Mission

The Master of Arts in Psychology: General concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced graduate work in an area of Psychology and to provide a research-oriented program. Students work closely with faculty within a particular area of Psychology to develop graduate-level competency in the principles and research methods of that area. Be advised that this degree program does not lead to licensure or certification.

Unique features

The General concentration allows students to complete individualized programs in various areas, such as learning, human development, social psychology, etc.  Although some students choose to sample courses across psychological topics and domains, most choose a program focused on one area of psychology. With advisement, students complete a set of courses and research experiences that prepare them for advanced work related to that area. In this concentration, students have the unique opportunity to partner with faculty in new and ongoing research programs. Because of the apprenticeship nature of the concentration, students are expected to have selected a faculty mentor before applying to the degree program.

Requirements: (30 units)

  • PSYC 5010 - Advanced Methods for Psychological Research (2 units)
  • PSYC 5020 - Advanced Statistical Analysis of Psychological Data (3 units)
  • PSYC 5990 - Master's Thesis (3 units)
  • Select the remaining 22 units from the available 4000 and 5000 level catalog courses (including PSYC 5940 Fieldwork in Psychology). These courses are to be selected with prior approval of the student's thesis chair.  Note that the therapy-oriented and practicum classes (PSYC 5780, 5790, 5910, and 5930) are not open to Master of Arts in Psychology: General students. At least 50% of all MA coursework must be at the 5000 level. There are also restrictions on the amount of coursework that can be graded as Credit/No-Credit. Note: No more than 9 units of graduate credit can be transferred from work taken while in unclassified status. The 9-unit limit may also apply to any graduate work transferred from other institutions. Once students complete all other coursework, they must be continually enrolled in at least one thesis unit (either PSYC 5990 or PSYC 7005).

Minimum Prerequisites for Admission

  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and completion of the concentration prerequisites, with a grade of B or better or completion of a course in Introductory Psychology, completion of the concentration prerequisites with a minimum of 16 upper-division semester units in Psychology with a grade of B or better with course content acceptable to the Psychology Graduate Committee. The following courses must be part of the prerequisites:
    • A. One upper-division course in experimental psychology (e.g. PSYC 3000)
  • A minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
  • Submission of a writing sample. (The GRE is no longer required.)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Approval by the Psychology Department.

Minimum Requirements for Continuation

  • Maintenance of a 3.0-grade point average in all courses attempted.
  • Satisfactory progress toward the degree, which includes successful completion of coursework and thesis.
  • A classified graduate student in Psychology will be dropped from classified standing upon receiving more than three units of graduate study graded less than B-. However, any graduate student may retake a course graded less than B for a higher grade, and a classified student must remove such grade deficits (in excess of three units) in the next semester or petition the Graduate Committee for a time extension if it is impossible to make up the deficit. In no case will more than three units of graduate study graded less than B be counted towards a Master's degree.
  • Other requirements may be stated in University and Departmental Guidelines for Academic Probation and Termination. The student is responsible for obtaining current copies of these regulations and complying with the criteria listed.

Updated: September 15, 2022