Program Requirements

Your advisor can help you choose your class schedule, research projects and thesis.

Degree requirements

The program has been designed as a full-time, two-year (four semester) course of study. The total number of credits required for graduation is 47 semester hours. Because most required courses will not be offered nights or weekends, and the Practicum, Internship, Directed Research, and Thesis require time blocks available during the day, a student will be unable to complete all of the degree requirements on a part-time basis. The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better, show satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements, and correct any unsatisfactory performances.

If deficiencies are not removed during the succeeding semester, the student may be terminated from the program.

Students are expected to conform to the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association. All students will be evaluated periodically on performance in course work, development of research skills, and professional development. Performance of assistantship duties will also be evaluated if applicable.

The purpose of these periodic evaluations is to determine if the student's continuation in the program is warranted. Evaluation procedures are available in the departmental office.

Core requirements (required for all options)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 745 Statistics and Research Design 3 hrs
PSY 752 Research Methods 3 hrs
PSY 761 Ethical and Professional Issues 3 hrs
PSY 780 Social Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 796 Practicum 6 hrs
PSY 798 OR PSY 799 Internship or Thesis 3 hrs
  Total 21 hrs
Industrial-Organizational option course requirements
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Required Core Courses – see above 21 hrs
  Required I-O Courses – see below 21 hrs
PSY 716 Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management 3 hrs
PSY 718 Organizational Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 750 Advanced Survey 3 hrs
PSY 798 OR PSY 799 Internship or Thesis 3 hrs (total of 6 hrs in core and track)

Plus at least three (3) courses from the following list:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 753 Program Evaluation 3 hrs
PSY 771 Occupational Health Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 772 Performance Assessment 3 hrs
PSY 773 Human Factors 3 hrs
PSY 774 Training and Development 3 hrs
PSY 776 Personnel Selection, Placement and Classification 3 hrs
PSY 778 Group Processes 3 hrs
PSY 779 Topics in Industrial-Organizational Psychology 3-9 hrs
  Electives: Graduate courses chosen from the offerings of Psychology, Management, Communications and Mass Media, and other departments must be approved by the student's committee. minimum of 5 hrs
Clinical option course requirements 
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Required Core Courses – see above 21 hrs
  Required Clinical Courses – see below 26 hrs
PSY 720 Individualized Intelligence Test 3 hrs
PSY 740 Psychological Assessment 3 hrs
PSY 760 Clinical Communication Skills 3 hrs
PSY 765 Psychotherapy & Counseling:  Theories & Techniques 3 hrs
PSY 764 Group Psychotherapy 3 hrs
PSY 766 Psychopathology 3 hrs
  Electives: With approval of the advisor, 600- and 700-level courses from Psychology and other departments may be used to complete the electives.. 8 hrs
Experimental option course requirements
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Required Core Courses – see above 21 hrs
  Required Experimental Track Courses – see below 26 hrs
PSY 750 Advanced Survey 3 hrs
PSY 799 Thesis 3 hrs (total of 6 hrs in core and track)
  Plus 4 courses selected from the following: 12 hrs
PSY 606 Perception 3 hrs
PSY 614 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis      3 hrs
PSY 612  Personality Theory and Systems   3 hrs
PSY 619  Cognitive Development  3 hrs
PSY 622  Physiological Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 625  Motivation and Emotion 3 hrs
PSY 629  Psychological Tests and Measurements  3 hrs
PSY 634  Psychology of Infancy 3 hrs
PSY 701  Symposium in Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 703  Human Growth and Development 3 hrs
PSY 708  Memory 3 hrs
PSY 751  Seminar in Methods of Research 3 hrs
  Electives: Under direction of the student’s committee, 600- and 700-level courses from psychology and other departments may be used to complete the electives. 8 hrs
Comprehensive examination 

A written comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

Culminating experiences

Culminating experiences are crucial to the MS in Psychology program because these experiences are typically a major consideration in employment and in opportunities for doctoral study. Students must complete six hours of either PSY 798 (Internship) or PSY 799 (Thesis), or three hours for the Clinical option, before they earn their degrees.

Internships will be congruent with program goals and will be conducted in sites appropriate to the career goals of each student. For each credit hour, students must serve 60 hours at the internship agency. Evaluation of student performance will come from two sources: first, supervisors and caseworkers at the agency, and second, university faculty including the Graduate Program Coordinator and the director of the internship. Besides providing extensive, supervised fieldwork, the internship will allow students to integrate theoretical and research knowledge with specific aspects of the applied experience.

The primary purpose of the thesis is to allow the student to establish and demonstrate research competency. In the pursuit of this goal, students will learn the following:

  1. How to identify an original and significant research problem;
  2. How to conduct comprehensive background literature searches on the topic;
  3. How to collect, analyze, and interpret data; and
  4. How to communicate research results in a scientifically lucid fashion.

The written thesis followed by an oral defense will serve this function.