Course of Study
- The student must be enrolled and on campus for 2 years beginning in the Fall semester.
- Lists only courses required by our program & course(s) needed to qualify for one of the competitive slots to teach during Year 2 – student may have to take additional hours during any given semester to qualify for an assistantship or if teaching.
Key (courses required in our 33 hour MA program come in 1 of 3 categories):
- REQ = required part of psychology or research core
- ELEC = elective required in program of study
- TEACH = needed to attempt to get, then have, teaching assistantship
Fall Year 1
|PSY 5010 Research Seminar*||3||REQ|
|PSY 5020 Research Methods||3||REQ|
|PSY 5150 Proseminar I||3||REQ|
|PSY 5530 Selected Topics||3||REQ|
|Semester hours = 12
Cumulative hours toward program = 12
*This course may have up to three components: occasional meetings with the program head; a "round table" discussion among all 1st year students and mentors at the end of the semester; and, research with the mentor.
Spring Year 1
|PSY 5030 Quantitative Methods||3||REQ|
|PSY 5200 Proseminar II||3||REQ|
|PSY 5250 Proseminar III||3||REQ|
|PSY 5640 Seminar||3||REQ|
|PSY 5011 Teaching Psychology*||1||TEACH|
|Semester hours = 13
Cumulative hours toward program = 24
*Taken if the student wants to compete for a teaching (GTA) position during 2nd year; not part of 33 hour G-E MA degree program.
Fall Year 2
|PSY 5530 Selected Topics*||3||REQ|
|PSY 5998 Thesis Proposal||3||REQ|
|Courses to reach 9 hrs if GA/GTA||3||ELE|
|Semester hours = 6-9
Cumulative hours toward program = 30
*The course number will be between 5530 and 5549.
Spring Year 2
|PSY 5999 Thesis||3||REQ|
|Semester hours = 6-9
Cumulative hours toward program = 33
- Student will probably take PSY 5011, Teaching Psychology, during the first year Spring semester if the student wants to compete for a teaching (GTA) position during 2nd year.
- If the student is selected to teach as a GTA during the 2nd year, student will need to take PSY 5011 each semester he or she is teaching (e.g., both 1st and 2nd semester during 2nd year).
- While it is advantageous for the student to have a thesis proposal and prospectus meeting completed during the 2nd semester (late Feb. or early March is a good target) of the 1st year; it works better to take the 2 thesis courses during the semesters of the 2nd year.
- G-E students can take 12 hours each semester without special permission (13 is usually not a problem if the 13th hour is PSY 5011 Teaching Psychology).
- Faculty members should remember to inform the Program Head (Rose Mary Webb) or Department Chair (James Denniston) if you need a PSY 5530-5549 Selected Topics course put on the schedule for any particular semester.
- Program of Study must be filed in the graduate school by first day of the student's second semester.
- Student has three years to complete the program; thus, course requirements and thesis defense must be complete by August of the third year.
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"[The program] refined my understanding of the experimental method and statistical analyses. After completing the program I found that my understanding of both the analytical methods and the research situations in which they were applied had greatly improved."
- Tim Pruitt (Class of 2009)
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Rose Mary Webb
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