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M.A. in Psychology Program Description

Medaille College’s M.A. in Psychology is a 36-credit course of study in which students take 3-credit courses: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Basis of Behavior, Research Methods, Assessment, Counseling, Statistics, Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Psychopathology.  In addition to this coursework, students must also successfully complete EITHER a thesis of potentially publishable quality (6 credits) OR an internship (6 credits) in order to earn the M.A. degree. Students may enroll in either the on-ground or online program.

The M.A. in Psychology is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles and methods of psychology at a graduate level suitable for building careers in business, education, research, and government. The objectives include providing students with an opportunity to:

  • explore several sub fields of psychology
  • learn more about the science and practice of psychology and focus their interest
  • gain advanced training in each of the core areas of study
  • develop the analytical tools necessary to successful careers and/or further study in psychology at the doctoral level

Those students with a goal of continuing to doctoral-level study will have the opportunity to strengthen their credentials and to gain a more advanced background to facilitate continued learning. See the Master of Arts in Psychology Handbook for further information.

On-Ground Program Schedule

The on-ground Master of Arts in Psychology is a full-time program. Students take 4 courses per semester for one year (fall, spring, summer). Each course is 3 credit hours for a total of 12 credit hours per semester or 36 total credit hours.

Fall Semester/ Spring Semester: students will take 4 courses in the following formats:

1 Online Course for 15 Weeks (Online Course Format)

1 On-Campus Course for 15 Weeks (15 Week Course Format)

2 Half Semester Courses for 7 weeks each (7-1-7 format)

Summer Semester: students will take 3 courses in the following formats:

1 Course for 15 Weeks (PSY 797 Thesis Guidance or PSY 677 Internship)

2 Half Semester Courses for 7 weeks each (7-1-7 format)

 

Course Formats

Online: Students will take one 15-week online course in the fall semester and one 15-week online course in the spring semester.

15 Week: On-ground classes that run over the entire semester (15 Weeks) meet one night per week for 3 hours, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

7-1-7: Each 15 week semester is divided into two 7 week course cycles with a 1 week break separating each cycle. Each class taken in the 7 week format meets one night per week from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Students take one 7-week on-ground class in the first cycle, and a second 7-week on-ground class in the second cycle.

Note: Classes also meet the first and last Saturday of the course for 4.5 hours on a Saturday (A total of 2 Saturday sessions per course or 4 Saturday sessions per semester). Thus, the 7-1-7 courses start with a Saturday orientation and end with a Saturday conclusion set aside for assessment and competency.

Delivery Format

In the Fall semester, students take two consecutive 7 week courses with a Saturday component at the beginning and end of each course; additionally they take one 15 week course and one online course. This format allows students to attend classes only 2 nights a week. This schedule format is repeated in the Spring. In the Summer, students take two consecutive 6 week courses with a Saturday component at the beginning and end of each course and register for either Thesis Guidance or Internship. Meeting times for Thesis and Internship are arranged with the student’s supervisor.

Because the coursework is sequentially arranged, it is strongly recommended that students start the program in the Fall semester. However, students will also be accepted at the beginning of the Spring term with the understanding that they are entering a coherent and unified program midstream. No student shall be allowed to begin the program during the summer semester.

Graduate Placement Data

Psychology

2009

2010

2011

2012

Employed

83%

100%

100%

78%

Employed in Field Related to Degree

83%

50%

83%

78%

Furthering Education

33%

50%

17%

39%

Placement Rate

83%

100%

100%

100%

 

Program Sequence (On-ground)

FALL SEMESTER

Credits

PSY 504 Social Psychology (online)

3

PSY 511 Cognitive Psychology (7 week format)

3

PSY 521 Biological Basis of Behavior (15 week format)

3

PSY 531 Research Methods (7 week format)

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

PSY 602 Counseling (online)

3

PSY 607 Statistics (15 week format)

3

PSY 614 Evolutionary Psychology (7 week format)

3

PSY 631 Developmental Psychology (7 week format)

3

SUMMER SEMESTER

 

PSY 598 Special Topics in Psychology (7 week format)

3

PSY 760 Psychopathologies (7 week format)

3

**PSY 797 Thesis Guidance or **PSY 677 Internship (arranged with instructor)

6

TOTAL CREDITS

36

**Student must obtain instructor permission to register for PSY 797 or PSY 677

 

Program Sequence (Online)

The online Master of Arts in Psychology is a full-time program. Each course is three credit hours, for a total of 36 credits. Students take one course every two months, completing the program in about two years (accelerated completion possible on a case-by-case basis).

 

Credits

INT 010 Line Prep Course

0

PSY 504 Social Psychology

3

PSY 511 Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY 521 Biological Basis of Behavior

3

PSY 531 Research Methods

3

PSY 602 Counseling

3

PSY 607 Statistics

3

PSY 614 Evolutionary Psychology

3

PSY 631 Developmental Psychology

3

PSY 598 Special Topics in Psychology

3

PSY 760 Psychopathologies

3

**PSY 797 Thesis Guidance or **PSY 677 Internship (arranged with instructor)

6

TOTAL CREDITS

36

**Student must obtain instructor permission to register for PSY 797 or PSY 677