Sep 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Psychological Research Option, M.A.


This is a 30-unit degree program.

Prerequisites


All students fulfill the requirements in Core #1 and choose either Core #2 or Core #3.

Take 6 units of college level work


Take 6 units of college level work in chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics as approved by the graduate advisor. No more than 3 of the 6 units may be in approved mathematics courses.

A bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology that includes:


A bachelor’s degree with a major other than psychology


A bachelor’s degree with a major other than psychology and 24 units of upper division psychology substantially equivalent to those required for the baccalaureate degree at this university, including:

Advancement to Candidacy


Advancement to Candidacy is the next step after achieving classified status and confers catalog rights to graduate students. It also signifies approval of a plan of study by the graduate student’s major, department, and college. Advancement requirements are:

  1. Application for Advancement to Candidacy must be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in PSY 698 - Thesis .
  2. Classified status.
  3. An approved program of studies for the Master of Arts, Psychological Research option degree.
  4. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  5. A minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all units undertaken for the program (at least 6 graduate units).
  6. Enrollment in regular session.

Requirements


The student must complete, as a graduate student, 30 units of graduate coursework (501-698), 24 of which must be in Psychology (not including PSY 697 ) including:

Take one of the following:


Take the following course during the first semester:


Take the following course during the second semester:


Take the following course:


Additional Requirements


  • With graduate advisor’s approval a maximum of 6 units from related areas may be used for 6 of the 30 units.
  • Attendance at six Department Colloquia, four of which must be completed prior to preliminary oral examination, all six must be completed prior to final oral examination.
  • Completion of all requirements as established by the MA Psychological Research Committee.
  • A preliminary oral examination on the thesis proposal and a final oral examination in defense of the completed thesis. (Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity.)

Student Learning Outcomes


Knowledge base in Psychological Research


By the completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Summarize and critique the psychology literature including core theories, particularly within their chosen area of specialization.

Research Design and Methods


By the completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Demonstrate their understanding and ability to implement basic and applied research designs used to address psychological issues.

Statistics


By the completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of analytic techniques that are used in psychology.

Communication


By the completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Communicate both orally and in writing at a level that is appropriate for professionals in their chosen area of specialization.