The Master of Arts degree programs provide students with an understanding of the scientific principles of psychology and skills in application of those principles in the mental health field. All Master’s programs in psychology provide a solid academic groundwork in the discipline.
Master of Arts in Psychology (General)
The on-line Master’s degree in psychology is designed for students who may wish to pursue further doctoral studies in psychology, or who are seeking career advancement.The degree is also an excellent choice for those who are seeking personal enrichment and advancement in related fields, or wish to pursue higher learning in psychology as a means to expand one’s learning ability in general.
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
The specialization in Clinical Psychology provides the opportunity for the student to understand, evaluate and counsel persons with psychological problems, and to draw upon community resources for assistance in working with these persons. During completion of the 48-hour degree, which includes approved practica, the student is provided the opportunity to administer psychological tests and use various techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. Students who complete all requirements in the clinical area, and who become licensed, often work in psychiatric hospitals, prisons, in mental health centers, or with doctoral-level psychologists in private practice.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The specialization in Counseling Psychology prepares students to enter the field of professional counseling. Graduates of this program have a strong foundation in the principles and practices of promoting health in therapeutic relationships and in mental health environments. They are qualified to work as counselors and psychotherapists in a wide variety of settings such as community mental health centers, residential treatment facilities and social service agencies.
Requirements to complete the admission process:
(For admission to coursework at the pre-candidacy level)
- Application for admission
- Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university, with a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA, and either a major or minor degree earned in the field of psychology
- Statement of goals and objectives
- Personal Potential Index (provided by ETS)*
- Acceptable GRE scores on file
- Signed GRST form
- Signed planned program
- Resume of work experience
- Interview with Psychology Faculty*
* The Personal Potential Index, or PPI, is a web-based, standard form that recommenders fill out to provide a qualitative and quantitative picture of applicants.The PPI is available free for GRE test-takers.
* Faculty interviews will be scheduled in Mid-April, when the student’s application file is complete. Admission decisions will be announced by June 1st with the student beginning the graduate program in the fall semester.
* The standard number of transfer hours accepted by the psychology program is 9. Upon admission to candidacy, students may petition for up to 6 additional hours to be transferred, if those hours are directly comparable to his/her planned program.