Psychology, Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Requirements

Students may complete the degree in one of two ways: with a thesis (PSY B9900) and 28 credits of coursework or without a thesis with 40 credits of coursework.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY V0100Advanced Experimental Psychology I


PSY V0500Statistical Methods in Psychology I


One course from the areas of cognition, sleep, neuroscience, psychometrics, psycholinguistics, psychopharmacology, or else achieve a score in at least the 65th percentile of the advanced psychology section of the Graduate Record Examination. (3 credits)

A student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Thesis Option: Students choosing the thesis option are required to enroll in PSY B9900 for which they receive 3 credits with no grade until they complete their thesis. Most students enroll in PSY B9900 for two semesters (6 credits total) to develop their thesis plans and complete the proposal. They are required to complete 31 credits for their degree. A maximum of 12 credits may be transferred from other graduate institutions.

Non–Thesis Option: Students not completing a thesis must complete 40 graduate credits, including the 11 required credits and minimum 3.0 GPA listed above. The other degree requirements are identical as for the thesis students. Up to 16 graduate credits are eligible for transfer from other approved institutions.