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Our primary mission for both
programs is to prepare students for doctoral study by offering quality
instruction in the science of psychology and opportunities to conduct
psychological research. Our faculty members have a variety of research
interests and routinely collaborate with students.
Master of Arts
Our master's degree in clinical psychology is designed to prepare students to be competitive candidates for psychology doctoral programs and to enhance students' research skills by offering a wide range of research experience: from assisting faculty researchers to completing their own independent research projects. The program consists of a rigorous combination of classroom and research experiences. The program provides limited clinical training and does not lead to licensure at the Master’s level. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge and skills by completing a concentration in:
- Cultural Diversity
Master of Arts
Cognitive and Social
Our master's in cognitive and social
processes is a two-year program designed to provide extensive training in
cognitive psychology, social psychology, research methods, and statistics. Its
primary purpose is to prepare students for doctoral programs in Cognitive
Psychology, Social Psychology, or a related area (e.g., I/O, quantitative,
personality, psychology and law). The program will also prepare students to work in research settings, business, or industry. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge by completing a program certificate in an area of interest.
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- Since 2006, 73% of our clinical graduates and 92% of our
cognitive/social graduates who applied to doctoral programs were admitted. In
2015, 80% of our MA graduates who applied received offers to doctoral programs. Our students also find positions in
institutional research, as professional research associates in neuroscience
laboratories, and as admissions officers.
- Our program is designed to enhance
students’ research skills by offering them a wide range of research experience
from assisting faculty researchers to completing their own independent research
projects. Research experience is an important factor in admission decisions to
doctoral programs (APA, 2014, Figure 6; Bonifazi et al., 1997).
- Our students have the opportunity to
conduct research with clinical, experimental, social,
developmental, and/or cognitive psychologists. Our
faculty members have a wide range of research expertise, making it possible for
them to mentor students with diverse interests.
- Typically, more than 90% of our students who wanted an
assistantship have been able to obtain one (more than 50% through the
Department of Psychological Science).
- Our students attend a weekly Professional Development Colloquium (includes doctoral
application preparation, thesis support, and faculty and students speaking
about their research)
- Small class sizes
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