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    Aug 12, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Psychology Major, MA


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This program is appropriate for two types of students. The MA in Experimental Psychology is appropriate for students who wish to gain stronger background in psychology before seeking admission to a PhD program. The MA in General Psychology is only appropriate for students who are currently in the clinical or counseling doctorate programs and want to earn a master’s degree as part of their progress toward the doctorate.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Concentrations (Required) and Option Available

Experimental Psychology — Thesis 

General Psychology — Thesis

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Any student with a BA or BS may apply to the Department of Psychology for admission to the Experimental Psychology master’s program.
  • Only students who are currently enrolled in one of our PhD programs should apply for the General Psychology master’s program.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (general and/or Psychology) may be submitted, but are not required.
  • Submit online application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Major Advisor and Committee

  • Students must earn a grade of B or better in all courses that are to count toward the 32 graduate credit hour total.
  • Initially, the Director of Experimental Psychology will advise the student.
    • As soon as possible, the student must select an advisor and obtain his or her approval for registration.
    • Subsequently, the advisor and student will select two additional faculty members to comprise the student’s master’s committee.
    • Final committee approval comes from the graduate dean, upon recommendation by the department head.

Experimental Psychology — Thesis

The Experimental Psychology MA program is designed to prepare students for entry into a PhD program. It may be appropriate for students who did not have an undergraduate psychology major or for students who wish to have a stronger background in coursework and research before applying to a doctoral program.

Credit Hours Required

32 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Required Courses

  • PSYC 515  (2 credit hours)
  • PSYC 509  (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 577  (3 credit hours)
  • Six graduate credit hours from at least 2 of the 3 experimental areas:

Neuroscience and Behavior

Cognitive and Developmental Science (CDS)

Social

Non-Course Requirements

  • Students must also propose, conduct, and successfully defend an original piece of research in the form of a master’s thesis.

General Psychology — Thesis

The MA in General Psychology is only appropriate for students who are currently in our clinical or counseling doctorate programs and want to earn a master’s degree as part of their progress toward the doctorate.

Credit Hours Required

32 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Non-Course Requirements

  • Students must also propose, conduct, and successfully defend an original piece of research in the form of a master’s thesis.

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