What Does the Curriculum Look Like?
The MAP requires 30 hours of graduate coursework, as shown on the following page. As the curriculum suggests, students may pursue a non-thesis or thesis option when completing the program. We recommend that those students moving into industry or public sector position select the non-thesis option, which requires an applied project with a professor or an internship with a local organization.
Those wishing to prepare for doctoral studies, in contrast, should undertake a guided thesis. One option is to take three hours of independent research with a professor in the Fall and three hours of Capstone credits in the Spring in order to complete the thesis. However, we recommend that students wishing to pursue the thesis option strongly consider remaining in the program for a 2nd year. This will provide a more reasonable period of time to complete formal coursework, develop a solid thesis proposal, and to collect and analyze their thesis data.
Importantly, students may need to stay in the program longer than one year depending on the scope of their capstone.
MA PSYCHOLOGY CURRICULUM Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Core (9 hours)
PSYC7014: Grad Stat I (Fall)
PSYC7021: Applied Social (Fall) – or -- PSYC7035: Cognitive (Spring)
PSYC7063: Program Evaluation I (Fall)
Required Focus Area Course (3 hours) – select one
PSYC6004: I/O Psychology (Fall)
PSYC7005: Community Psychology (Spring)
Advanced QR Training (3 hours) – select one
PSYC7015: Grad Stat II (Spring)
PSYC7064: Part two of Program Evaluation with Data (Spring)
Electives (12 hours):
PSYC7021: Applied Social Psychology (Fall)
PSYC7035: Cognitive (Spring)
PSYC7090: Research (Spring and Fall, can be used to work toward thesis)
OLHR8099: Research in HR (Spring and Fall, can be used to work toward thesis)
EDST7093: Learning, Working, Thriving in Groups (TBD)
OLHR8029: Individual Behavior in the Workplace (Fall)
OLHR8084: Diversity in the Workplace (Spring)
OLHR8010: Organization Development & Change (Fall)
OLHR8090: Strategic Leadership for HR (Spring)
Other courses from outside of the department are available as elective options, but do require pre-approval from Dr. Holloway. There is a limit of 6 credits that can be taken from outside of the program. Some of these may include:
Sociology (Urban Inequality, Sociology of the Black Family, Qualitative Sociology – which would count as 2nd QR course, and Gender Work & Family)
Social Work (Family Violence, Grant Writing)
Capstone (3 hours)
Thesis or non-thesis option (Spring)
The non-thesis option can take the form of an internship or applied project.
If planning to complete a thesis, students should expect to be in the program for longer than one year. Similarly, it is typically easier to find internships available during the summer so those hoping to find internships may wish to stay in the program during the summer semester.