Master of Arts in Psychology: Concentration in Social Psychology

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Program Coordinator: Charlotte Tate

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 broad undergraduate major in psychology or a related discipline, including preparation in social psychology and such areas as personality theory, group processes, research methods, and statistics. Students who have not had a recent upper-division course in social psychology and students who are not competent in statistics at the intermediate level are required to remedy these deficiencies during their first year in the program.

Psychology (M.A.): Concentration in Social Psychology — Minimum 34 units

Core Requirement

PSY 740Seminar in Social Psychology3
PSY 742Seminar in Survey Research3
PSY 751Seminar in Current Trends and Issues3
PSY 770Research Methods and Techniques3
PSY 771Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design3
PSY 772Applications of Multiple Regression to Psychological Research4
PSY 792Proseminar in Foundations of Contemporary Psychological Research3
PSY 798Research Colloquium3
PSY 799Supervised Selected Research 13
PSY 891Seminar in Selected Problems3
PSY 898Master's Thesis3

Can be substituted with an elective chosen with prior written approval of advisor and program coordinator