Why study Psychology?

The Master of Arts in Psychology program includes:

  • A combination of formal coursework with opportunities for “real world,” applied work as part of the Capstone project, thesis-related research, and other experiences
  • 5 required courses in psychology and research
  • Multiple options for electives that allow you to customize the program
  • Guided opportunities for professional development and internship support through partnership with Division of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement
  • The Master’s Thesis option for the Capstone allows you to design and execute independent research
  • The Master’s Non-Thesis option for the Capstone allows you to apply classroom learning to professional experience
  • Strong mentorship through formal and informal faculty advising

Admission Requirements

You will need the following items to complete the online application process:

  1. A personal statement that describes why you want to pursue the MAP degree and anything else that you wish to call to the attention of the MAP Program Admission Committee;
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you professionally or academically.  At least one letter should be written by a faculty member who can speak to your academic qualifications and readiness for graduate work.
  3. Transcripts of all current (and previous) college or university grades. Note: for the application, you may upload unofficial transcripts; however, if admitted to the MAP program you will be asked to submit official transcripts to the program office.
  4. Your current resume or CV.
  • Organizational Consulting
  • Organization Development and Planning
  • I./O Psychology
  • Human Resources (e.g, Staffing, Recruitment)
  • Workforce (HR) Analytics
  • Non-profit Management
  • Training and Employee Development
  • Community Outreach Associate
  • Health Educator
  • Scientific and Technical Writing
  • Policy Advocate
  1. Small, cohort-based program means strong peer relationships and a focus on shared learning
  2. Top scholar faculty in organizational and community psychology
  3. Small program means strong faculty-student relationships and allows for greater assistance in obtaining placements in top doctoral programs and exciting professional positions
  4. 4+1 program allows high performing UC undergraduates to obtain a Master's degree with one additional year of study while paying undergraduate tuition rates.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati promotes knowledge of psychology, including organizational and community psychology through research, teaching, and service. We are located in an urban center within a large research university, which provides a dynamic context for connecting theory and practice.

The program involves a one-year (full-time) year of study that includes the following elements:

  1. Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work in order to graduate.
  2. To graduate, students must complete 5 required courses (Graduate Statistics I & II, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Program Evaluation & Policy Assessment), 1 core specialty course (in I/O Psychology or Community Psychology), 1 Capstone course, and 9 PSYC or OLHR elective hours.
  3. The minimum number of hours for a full-time load for graduate students receiving assistantships and/or scholarships is 12 hours of graduate course work per semester.
  4. The program is designed to be cohort based, allowing students entering in the fall to take courses together.  
  5. During the fall semester, required courses are Grad Stats I, Program Evaluation, and Social Psychology.  In spring semester, required courses are Grad Stats II and Cognitive Psychology. 
  6. Students are encouraged to take advantage of other professional development opportunities provided through the Department, including guest lectures and grant writing workshops.
  7. The Captone requirement includes a thesis or non-thesis option. We recommend that those students moving into industry or public sector position select the non-thesis option, which requires an applied project. Those wishing to prepare for doctoral studies, in contrast, should undertake a guided thesis.
  8. The MAP Program Director serves in an advisory role to each MAP student; however, students are responsible for identifying a faculty member in the Department who will serve as their thesis or praxis adviser, and for forming a thesis or praxis committee.
  9. A 4+1 program is in place for students pursuing an undergraduate degree at UC. Eligible students must complete at least 18 hours in Psychology and an approved stats-method sequence. Additionally, the program requires a major GPA of 3.2

Application Deadlines

Applications for fall semester are due January 15.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Brandi Forbes, Graduate Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 210376
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5539

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Program Code: 15MAS-PSYC-MA