In earning this 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Psychology you will strengthen your research, writing and critical-thinking skills while broadening and deepening your knowledge of behavior. The core curriculum provides a foundation in the basic topics of statistics, experimental methods, behavior analysis and learning, perception and cognition, and the neuropsychological bases of behavior. You will have unique opportunities to conduct original hands-on research.
In addition to paving the way for further study on the graduate level, the M.A. in Psychology will prepare you for a wide range of positions in research, education, industrial organization, management training and human resources.
Recent graduates of the program have gone on to doctoral study in areas such as Cognitive Psychology, Educational Psychology, Behavior Analysis, and Clinical Psychology and to employment in fields like mental healthcare research.
Core Courses: Statistics in Psychology (PSY606)
A graduate-level treatment of descriptive and inferential univariate statistics. Data analysis using SPSS will be studied in conjunction with the theoretical material.
Experimental Methods in Psychology I (PSY 607)
The treatment of problems in the design and execution of single-case research is emphasized in this course. It includes a consideration of controls, drawing inferences, and research techniques in both experimental and applied behavior analysis. Data presentation methods including the use of Microsoft Excel will be discussed.
Experimental Methods in Psychology II (PSY608)
This course covers the design, execution, and evaluation of psychological research using group designs. Representative topics include between and within group designs, random assignment, and questionnaire construction. Data collection via the Internet is emphasized.
Behavior Analysis and Learning (PSY 651)
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of conditioning and learning including reinforcement theory, stimulus control, and aversive control. In addition, it will introduce students to the history and philosophy of Behavior Analysis. The major focus will be on the basic underlying principles and current research.
Perception and Cognition (PSY652)
An examination of the principles of perception and cognition, with a focus on their interaction.
Neuropsychological Bases of Behavior (PSY703)
A systematic study of the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological mechanisms mediating behavior. Emphasis is placed on sensory systems and on mapping these systems within the brain. Neurological and psychological disorders are discussed with respect to the affected brain. Methods and techniques used in the investigation of neural correlates of behavior are demonstrated in the laboratory.