MSGP Required Courses
Students in the General Psychology program must complete a total approved program of 33 credit hours if the student elects to do a thesis, or 36 credit hours if the student chooses a Specialty Review Paper instead of a thesis.
Take each of the following:
- 7301 Research Design or equivalent (3 hrs)
- 7302 Statistics or equivalent (3 hrs)
Take at least two of the following ideally during the first year:
- 7000 Issues in General Psychology (3 hrs)
- 7207 Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
- 7217 Social Psychology (3 hrs)
- 7219 Social and Personality Development (3 hrs)
- 7222 Human Memory (3 hrs)
- 7407 Cognition and Emotion (3 hrs)
- 7412 Psychopathology (3 hrs)
- 7416 Child Psychopathology (3 hrs)
- 7440 Behavioral Medicine (3 hrs)
- 7441 Psychology of Medical Illness (3 hrs)
- 7701 Behavioral Neuroscience I (3 hrs)
- 7705 Neuropsychopharmacology (3 hrs)
- 7800 Introduction to School Psychology (3 hrs)
- 7996 Thesis Hours
- You will need to take 3 hours of thesis credits during the semester you graduate. If you don't graduate during the first term you take 7996, you will need to keep taking these hours until you graduate.
- Defend thesis project by grad school deadline of the term you will graduate (usually several weeks before the end of the term)
A program of courses will be selected in keeping with these goals. This proposed program of courses for each student must be approved by the MSGP coordinator & the student's faculty advisor. Courses which fit these goals and objectives may be in Psychology or other departments in the university.
Each semester student grades will be reviewed and added to the student record. At the end of each year, students will be required to turn in a progress form, signed by their faculty advisor, stating their accomplishments and intentions for the following year.
The following evaluation procedure will be employed:
- It is expected that the student will have demonstrated a satisfactory level of performance as specified in the Graduate Program Handbook provided by the Department of Psychology. Students who are not in good academic standing must institute an appeal with supporting letters to the Coordinator and M.S. in General Psychology Committee for consideration of continuance in the program. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis.
- Students who encounter academic difficulties (grades of C or low GPA) will be reviewed at the end of each semester that this is a problem.
- Procedures for C or low GPA will be handled according to the guidelines for all graduate students.
- During the first year in the program, it is expected that the student will, in consultation with the program director or major professor, have decided on goals and objectives for the remainder of the course of study. Courses that fit these goals and objectives may be in Psychology or other departments in the university. Students who are not in good academic standing at this time must institute an appeal with supporting letters to the program director and the MS in General Psychology committee for consideration of continuance in the program. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis. Also, for both semesters in the first year, all MS in General Psychology students must attend weekly colloquium series to acquaint them with issues of research and professional ethics and professional opportunities in the department and in the discipline.
- A total approved program of 33 credit hours if the student elects to do a thesis, or 36 credit hours with a Specialty Review Paper. Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before beginning to write. Students electing to write a specialty review paper should familiarize themselves with the guidelines for this paper, available in the Psychology graduate handbook.
- For students not conducting a thesis, a specialty review paper covering the student's area(s) of focus will be completed during the last semester in the program.