This is a 30-unit degree program.
All students fulfill the requirements in Item #1 and choose either Item #2 or Item #3.
1. 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.
2. A bachelor's degree with a major in psychology that includes:
3. 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 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. 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:
A. Take one of the following: PSY 511, 512 if 411 or 412 or equivalent not taken as undergraduate;
B. Take one course chosen from the following: PSY 518, 527, 533, 541, 551, or 556, if corresponding 400-level course or equivalent not taken as an undergraduate;
C. Take the following course (comprehensive exam required):
D. Take three courses chosen from the following: PSY 631, 632, 633, 634, 635, 637, 651, 656, 661 or 678 (with comprehensive exams in two of the three courses);
E. Take the following course:
2. With graduate advisor's approval a maximum of 6 units from related areas may be used for 6 of the 30 units.
3. 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.
4. Completion of all requirements as established by the MA Psychological Research Committee.
5. Comprehensive examinations taken in three of the four required graduate seminars, as outlined in 1C and 1D above.
6. A preliminary oral examination on the thesis proposal and a final oral examination in defense of the completed thesis.