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. 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.
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:
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. (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.)
By the end of the M.A. program in psychological research, students will demonstrate that they can:
1. Summarize and critique the psychology literature, particularly within their chosen area of specialization.
2. Use core theories from their area of specialization to guide the development and implementation of research studies.
3. Demonstrate their understanding of the range of basic and applied research designs used to address psychological issues.
4. Demonstrate their understanding of the development of research instruments and indicators of reliability and validity relative to one's area of specialization.
5. Demonstrate their knowledge of the range of analytic techniques that are used in psychology, particularly univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.
6. Communicate both orally and in writing at a level that is appropriate for professionals in their chosen area of specialization.