Psychology, M.A.

This program is offered by the Psychological Science Department

Program Description

The Department of Psychological Science offers the Master of Arts in Psychology with specializations in Community Psychology, Health Psychology and General Psychology.

Community psychology uses an ecological systems approach to understand individuals and communities within their context. The field focuses on advancing theory and research to increase empowerment, promote action research, advance social justice, and prevent the development of social problems. A major focus of the specialization is on developing and evaluating preventive interventions in the community with an emphasis on using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Collaborating with community members is considered essential with the recognition that they are the experts and by working together as research partners, solutions are more contextually-grounded and sustainable. This specialization is designed to train students to be active practitioners in prevention and community-based research

The program in Health Psychology leads students to understand the biological, psychological, behavioral, and social factors in health and illness and to develop interventions designed to foster health. Students are prepared to work in human services, non-profit organizations, primary care and other medical settings and go on to advanced doctoral programs in Health Psychology.”

The Department also offers a specialization in General Psychology. This specialization can be designed to prepare students to work in a variety of research settings or for a career in the field of human services. The General Psychology specialization offers a high degree of flexibility in course selection and focus, and is designed to afford you the opportunity to follow your interests. You will work with the guidance of one or more professors to tailor your course selection in the direction you would like to go.

All of our specializations offer accessible but rigorous entry-level graduate training for individuals who wish to ultimately seek a doctorate in Psychology or related fields. The program is available for both part-time and full-time students. Most courses are offered in the evening.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA program in psychology, students should demonstrate the following:

  1. proficiency with researching, summarizing, and critically evaluating scholarly literature;
  2. the advanced skills necessary to comprehend, design, and conduct rigorous academic research;
  3. professional-level skill in scholarly presentations, including the ability to write and publish in peer reviewed academic journals and to present at professional conferences;
  4. an ability to critically analyze and integrate psychological theory in applied and real-life situations; and
  5. expertise within an area of psychology (community psychology, health psychology, or other area of focus).