College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

MA in Psychology (Psychological Science Program)


The M.A. in Psychology with the Option in Psychological Sciences provides course work for students planning to enter doctoral programs or to teach at community colleges.


The mission of the Psychological Science program is to further the scientific and academic endeavors of the field of psychology. To this end, its objectives are to provide academic training and research experience in psychology consistent with entry into doctoral programs and college teaching in psychology. It clearly identifies its purpose as scientific and academic, rather than practitioner or professional-service oriented.

Goals & Objectives

  • Prepare students academically to begin doctoral programs in Psychology.
  • Provide a background in academic psychology to enable students to teach at the community college level.
  • Provide supervised involvement in classroom college teaching and psychological research.
  • Provide students with the analytic skills to critically evaluate existing research and generate new knowledge through psychological research

Learning Outcomes

The Psychological Science program provides the student with basic content and skills in major areas of academic psychology. The intent of the courses and other program requirements is to enable students to be accepted into, and successfully complete, doctoral programs in psychology, or to teach psychology at the college level.

  1. Students demonstrate the ability to implement and interpret research methods and advanced statistics in psychological research.
  2. Students demonstrate basic competency in administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological assessments.  
  3. Students can critically evaluate existing research and generate new knowledge through psychological research.
  4. Students can use written and oral communication skills that demonstrate competence in APA style and language of the psychological profession.
  5. Students show adequate preparation for beginning work in doctoral programs in psychology and/or the ability to teach psychology at the community college level.

Please see this link for the M.A. in Psychology Psychological Sciences Program Review document (PDF).