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Master's Degree in Academic Research Psychology

Students may apply to the program as Juniors, Seniors, or after completion of a B.A.. Juniors may apply as long as they meet the admissions requirements. Seniors and students with a B.A. may apply if they have completed sufficient coursework in Psychology (i.e., a degree in Psychology or related field). Please go HERE for specific requirements.

Core Requirements

  • PSYC 641: Research Methods: Philosophy and Design
  • PSYC 642: Research Methods: Evaluation
  • PSYC 577: Analysis of Variance
  • PSYC 680: Academic Research Proseminar
  • Biological Psychology:

  • Biological psychology is the study of the physiological bases of behavior, particularly how the brain affects behavior
  • PSYC 672: Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 433: Stress and Wellness
  • Three elective courses, at least two of which are graduate level, selected from:
  • PSYC 588: Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 625: Advanced Psychobiology
  • PSYC 684: Graduate Teaching Internship
  • PSYC 680: or other courses relevant to the
    concentration as approved by graduate
    committee
  • Courses in Biology, Zoology or Chemistry
    that are relevant to the concentration as
    approved by the AR graduate committee..
  • Additional course prerequisites to be completed prior to the 5th year:
  • BIOL 105: CHEM 107 or equivalent
  • PSYC 321 & PSYC 325
  • Social and Environmental Psychology

  • Social and Environmental Psychology is concerned both with psychological effects of the physical environment, both natural and man-made, and with effects of human action on the environment.
  • PSYC 405: Environmental Psychology
  • At least two upper division undergraduate
    and two graduate level elective courses from the departments of Economics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Political Science, Oceanography, or Sociology that are relevant to the concentration as approved by graduate committee. In addition, any of the courses below may be used as graduate electives.
  • PSYC 588: Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 635: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYC 684: Graduate Teaching Internship
  • PSYC 680: or other courses relevant to the
    concentration as approved by AR graduate committee
  • Additional course prerequisites to be completed prior to the 5th year:
  • PSYC 302 & PSYC 335:
  • Developmental Psychopathology

  • Developmental Psychopathology is the study of psychological problems in the context of human development. Emphasis on normal developmental milestones in conjunction with a focus on emotional and behavioral challenges prepares students to work with a wide variety of children and their families or pursue Ph.D. study.
  • PSYC 518 Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSYC 638 Advanced Psychopathology:
    Diagnosis of Mental Disorder
  • PSYC 668 Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • At least one of the following:
  • PSYC 412 Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood
  • PSYC 414 Psychology of Adolescence
    and Young Adulthood
  • Two electives, at least one of which is a
    graduate course, selected from:
  • PSYC 588 Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 632 Advanced Developmental
    Psychology
  • PSYC 684 Graduate Teaching Internship
  • PSYC 680 or other courses relevant to the
    concentration as approved by graduate
    committee.
  • Courses in Child Development, Sociology, or Social Work that are relevant to the concentration as approved by the AR graduate committee.
  • Additional course prerequisites to be completed prior to the 5th year:
  • PSYC 311 & PSYC 438
  • CD 464 or PSYC 418