Graduate Program Expectations

This program provides intensive master's degree-level education and training primarily oriented toward the local and regional job markets. Thus, most students select an applied track which emphasizes clinical and counseling psychology or applied experimental psychology. In addition, the program can serve to prepare students for further graduate education. For such students, a thesis option is available.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies for the Master of Science in Psychology

  1. Students will have a fundamental command of the discipline's empirical content and major theoretical perspectives.
  2. Students will be able to distinguish empirical and scientific methods of inquiry from other sources of information.
  3. Students will be able to design, conduct and analyze the results of psychological research.
  4. Students will be able to effectively communicate psychological information in written and oral form.
  5. Students will have practical knowledge regarding behavior and mental processes which can be used for self improvement.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate how psychological knowledge can be used to address health, interpersonal, and social issues.
  7. Students will have the foundation to assume a psychologically related career and/or continue with more advanced education in the discipline.
  8. Students will be able to apply codes of professional and ethical conduct to a variety of professional situations.