Master of Arts in Psychology: Concentration in Mind, Brain & Behavior

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Program Coordinators: Mark Geisler, Avi Ben-Zeev

Graduate Programs in Psychology

Application to a graduate program is a two part process.

  • Part One is the University application submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Part Two is the program application that must be submitted to the Psychology Department.

Part One and Part Two of the graduate admission application must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for admission. The department accepts applications for the fall semester only, with a deadline of February 1st. The clinical and school psychology programs generally require an interview, during the admissions process.

Applicants to each psychology graduate program are required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination -- verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Applicants should check the current application of the program they are applying to for the other requirements.

Students who intend to work toward the M.A. or the M.S. in Psychology must meet the prerequisites outlined at the beginning of each concentration.

Undergraduate deficiencies are to be rectified, as the graduate advisor deems fit, without being included as part of the program for a master's degree.

In order to advance to candidacy, graduate students must meet all the general requirements for the specific program in which they are involved.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test.

Level Two

Satisfactory completion of the master's thesis (PSY 898).



A course in statistical methods and a course either in experimental psychology or psychological research methods; or a course combining statistics and research methods.

Psychology (M.A.): Concentration in Mind, Brain & Behavior — Minimum 35 units

PSY 771Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design3
PSY 772Applications of Multiple Regression to Psychological Research4
PSY 770Research Methods and Techniques3
PSY 792Proseminar in Foundations of Contemporary Psychological Research3
PSY 798Research Colloquium3
PSY 799Supervised Selected Research5
PSY 891Seminar in Selected Problems (or Elective course approved by graduate advisor)3
PSY 896Directed Reading3
PSY 898Master's Thesis3

Upper Division/Graduate Units (6 units)

in psychology or allied fields approved by graduate major advisor