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Department of Psychology

Core Course Requirements for the Master of Arts Program

The Masters of Arts degree in Psychology is a 30 unit program. In addition to the below core requirements, students in the M.A. program take a number of electives which are pre-approved by their advisor. Included in these electives are, for example, graduate seminars in social psychology (Psych 255T) for those with a special interest in Social Psychology and graduate seminars with a developmental emphasis (Psych 200T) for those with a special interest in Developmental Psychology. Students also have the option of signing up for Psychology 290-Independent Study (see the university catalog for further details) if they are involved in a faculty research project. As a culminating experience, students are required to complete a three to six unit thesis.

Required Courses   Units
Psych 244 Seminar in Research Methods 4
Psych 231 Ethics in Psychology 3
Group I Courses    
PSYCH 250T Personality 3 - 4
Group I Courses    
  Learning 3 - 4
  Supervised Field Experience  
  Behavioral Genetics  
Total Core Requirements 9 - 14
Electives 9 - 14
Thesis 3 - 6
Total Minimum Number Of Units 30