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 Graduate College

Psychology (MA)

Department of Psychology

www.uni.edu/csbs/psych/psychology-graduate-program
1078 Bartlett Hall Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0505

Head: Dr. Eric Hiris, Head
Phone: (319) 273-2303
E-mail: eric.hiris@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Helen Harton
Phone: (319) 273-2235
E-mail: helen.harton@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program,  except those applicants applying to the Fifth Year program in Industrial-Organization.

In addition to meeting general university admission requirements, applicants are also required to submit the following for consideration:

  1. a departmental application form;
  2. three letters of recommendation, preferably from undergraduate psychology instructors; and
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the general test (advanced psychology test scores required only for those applicants who were not undergraduate psychology majors). Students from UNI applying for the Fifth Year I/O emphasis do not need to submit GRE scores.

The application deadline for fullest consideration for financial aid is February 1. Offers of admission will begin in February and continue on a rolling basis until all positions in the program are filled or until early May. Applications completed by April 30 will be reviewed and given consideration, but early application is strongly encouraged.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis option only and requires a minimum of 30-45 semester hours, depending on the emphasis chosen. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

The M.A. program in psychology consists of three traditional emphases and an individualized study option:

  1. clinical science, for those who wish to pursue doctoral-level study in clinical or counseling psychology or to become master’s level providers of psychological services operating in clinical settings under appropriate supervision;
  2. industrial-organizational emphasis, for students interested in pursuing either doctoral-level studies in industrial-organizational psychology or a career in human resources; and
  3. social psychology, for students wishing to pursue doctoral study in social and related areas of psychology or careers as master’s level data analysts or community college instructors.
  4. students may also choose an individualized study option in which they choose a program of study beyond the courses required for all students in conjunction with a faculty advisor and the graduate coordinator.

The program maintains a strong empirical, research-based orientation and seeks to: a) provide students with opportunities to develop skills in research methodology; b) gain advanced knowledge of major areas of scientific psychology; and c) obtain basic competence in skills relevant to these areas. All students are required to complete a thesis for successful completion of this program. It is expected that students in the two-year program will, except under extraordinary circumstances, have a thesis proposal approved by their advisor by the beginning of their second year of study. The program is set up so it should be completed in two full academic years and two summers. Students are strongly encouraged to finish within this time frame.

The Industrial-Organizational emphasis also includes a Fifth Year Option, available to students with a bachelor’s degree and I-O certificate from UNI. This program is designed to be finished in one year. Undergraduate seniors may register for up to six credit hours of graduate credit with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator and Department Head.  See policies and procedures for Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Students. Graduate credits completed as an undergraduate count towards only the I-O emphasis master’s degree at UNI, and completing those credits does not guarantee admission to the program. Actual admission to graduate study and classification as a graduate student commences the term after the student has completed the baccalaureate.

Required for all students

Psychology:

PSYCH 6001 (400:239)

Advanced Statistics

3

Readings:

PSYCH 6285 (400:285)

Readings in Psychology

2

Thesis Research:

PSYCH 6299 (400:299)

Research

6

Emphasis requirements (as listed below)

19-34

Total Hours

30-45

Clinical Science Emphasis

Requirements for all students (listed above):

11

Required for emphasis:

Psychology:

PSYCH 6002 (400:241)

Research Design

3

PSYCH 6401 (400:249)

Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment

3

PSYCH 6402 (400:270)

Research and Practice of Psychotherapy

3

PSYCH 6405 (400:262)

Personality Assessment

3

PSYCH 6406 (400:225)

Psychopathology

3

PSYCH 6407 (400:272)

Evidence Based Treatment

3

PSYCH 6409

Clinical Ethics

3

PSYCH 6410

Advanced Child Psychopathology and Evidence Based Treatment

3

Clinical Practicum:

PSYCH 6408 (400:290)

Clinical Practicum

3

Electives in Psychology

3

(determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator)

The following courses are pre-approved as electives in this program:

PSYCH 3004/5004 (400:118g)

History and Systems of Psychology

PSYCH 3102/5102 (400:170g)

Drugs and Individual Behavior

PSYCH 3103/5103 (400:152g)

Sensation and Perception

PSYCH 3104/5104 (400:127g)

Introduction to Neurology

PSYCH 3204/5204 (400:173g)

Psychology of Aging

PSYCH 3303/5303 (400:154g)

Health Psychology

PSYCH 3304/5304 (400:158g)

Organizational Psychology

PSYCH 3305/5305 (400:157g)

Industrial Psychology

PSYCH 3404/5404 (400:106g)

Psychology of Human Differences

PSYCH 3502/5502 (400:134g)

Motivation and Emotion

PSYCH 3503/5503 (400:150g)

Conditioning and Learning

PSYCH 3504/5504 (400:151g)

Memory and Language

PSYCH 3505/5505 (400:153g)

Cognitive Psychology

PSYCH 3606/5606 (400:162g)

Special Topics in Social Psychology

PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)

Principles of Psychometrics

PSYCH 4607/5607 (400:164g)

Psychological Anthropology

PSYCH 4608/5608 (400:167g)

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

PSYCH 6003 (400:292)

Graduate Practicum in Teaching Psychology

PSYCH 6006 (400:293)

Research in Psychology

PSYCH 6201 (400:218)

Evolution, Brain and Social Behavior

PSYCH 6202 (400:220)

Social and Cognitive Development

PSYCH 6203 (400:261)

Personality

PSYCH 6204 (400:264)

Advanced Social Psychology

PSYCH 6205 (400:294)

Advances and Developments in Social Psychology

PSYCH 6285 (400:285)

Readings in Psychology

PSYCH 6289 (400:289)

Seminar

3 hours total from:

PSYCH 4704/5704 (400:192g)

Practicum in Teaching Psychology

or PSYCH 4705/5705 (400:193g)

Research Experience in Psychology

Total Hours

41

Industrial-Organizational Emphasis

Requirements for all students (listed above):

11

Required for emphasis:

Psychology:

PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)

Principles of Psychometrics

3

PSYCH 3305/5305 (400:157g)

Industrial Psychology

3

PSYCH 3304/5304 (400:158g)

Organizational Psychology

3

PSYCH 6301 (400:210)

Organizational Consulting and Change Management

2

PSYCH 6302 (400:232)

Training and Instructional Design

3

PSYCH 6303 (400:234)

Recruitment and Selection

3

PSYCH 6304 (400:237)

Performance Appraisal

3

PSYCH 6204 (400:264)

Advanced Social Psychology

3

Practicum in I/O Psychology:

PSYCH 6305 (400:291)

Practicum in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

2

Electives in Psychology

3

(determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator)

Total Hours

39

Industrial-Organizational 5th Year Emphasis

Requirements for all students (listed above):

11

Required for emphasis:

Psychology:

PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)

Principles of Psychometrics

3

PSYCH 6301 (400:210)

Organizational Consulting and Change Management

2

PSYCH 6302 (400:232)

Training and Instructional Design

3

PSYCH 6303 (400:234)

Recruitment and Selection

3

PSYCH 6304 (400:237)

Performance Appraisal

3

PSYCH 6204 (400:264)

Advanced Social Psychology

3

Practicum in I/O Psychology:

PSYCH 6305 (400:291)

Practicum in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

2

Total Hours

30

Social Psychology Emphasis

Required for all students (listed above):

11

Required for emphasis:

Psychology:

PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)

Principles of Psychometrics

3

PSYCH 3606/5606 (400:162g)

Special Topics in Social Psychology

3

PSYCH 6002 (400:241)

Research Design

3

PSYCH 6201 (400:218)

Evolution, Brain and Social Behavior

3

PSYCH 6202 (400:220)

Social and Cognitive Development

3

PSYCH 6203 (400:261)

Personality

3

PSYCH 6204 (400:264)

Advanced Social Psychology

3

Psychology:

PSYCH 6006 (400:293)

Research in Psychology

6

Psychology:

PSYCH 6205 (400:294)

Advances and Developments in Social Psychology (1 hr. each of 4 semesters for a total of 4 hrs)

4

Electives in Psychology

3

(determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator)

The following courses are pre-approved as electives in this program:

PSYCH 3004/5004 (400:118g)

History and Systems of Psychology

PSYCH 3102/5102 (400:170g)

Drugs and Individual Behavior

PSYCH 3103/5103 (400:152g)

Sensation and Perception

PSYCH 3104/5104 (400:127g)

Introduction to Neurology

PSYCH 3204/5204 (400:173g)

Psychology of Aging

PSYCH 3303/5303 (400:154g)

Health Psychology

PSYCH 3304/5304 (400:158g)

Organizational Psychology

PSYCH 3305/5305 (400:157g)

Industrial Psychology

PSYCH 3404/5404 (400:106g)

Psychology of Human Differences

PSYCH 3502/5502 (400:134g)

Motivation and Emotion

PSYCH 3503/5503 (400:150g)

Conditioning and Learning

PSYCH 3504/5504 (400:151g)

Memory and Language

PSYCH 3505/5505 (400:153g)

Cognitive Psychology

PSYCH 4607/5607 (400:164g)

Psychological Anthropology

PSYCH 4608/5608 (400:167g)

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

PSYCH 6003 (400:292)

Graduate Practicum in Teaching Psychology

PSYCH 6285 (400:285)

Readings in Psychology

PSYCH 6289 (400:289)

Seminar

PSYCH 6401 (400:249)

Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment

PSYCH 6406 (400:225)

Psychopathology

PSYCH 6410

Advanced Child Psychopathology and Evidence Based Treatment

3 hours total from:

PSYCH 4704/5704 (400:192g)

Practicum in Teaching Psychology

or PSYCH 4705/5705 (400:193g)

Research Experience in Psychology

Total Hours

45

Individualized Study Emphasis

Required of all students (listed above):

11

Required for emphasis: (hours determined in consultation with the faculty advisor and Graduate Coordinator)

30

The following courses are pre-approved for this program:

PSYCH 3004/5004 (400:118g)

History and Systems of Psychology

PSYCH 3102/5102 (400:170g)

Drugs and Individual Behavior

PSYCH 3103/5103 (400:152g)

Sensation and Perception

PSYCH 3104/5104 (400:127g)

Introduction to Neurology

PSYCH 3204/5204 (400:173g)

Psychology of Aging

PSYCH 3303/5303 (400:154g)

Health Psychology

PSYCH 3304/5304 (400:158g)

Organizational Psychology

PSYCH 3305/5305 (400:157g)

Industrial Psychology

PSYCH 3404/5404 (400:106g)

Psychology of Human Differences

PSYCH 3502/5502 (400:134g)

Motivation and Emotion

PSYCH 3503/5503 (400:150g)

Conditioning and Learning

PSYCH 3504/5504 (400:151g)

Memory and Language

PSYCH 3505/5505 (400:153g)

Cognitive Psychology

PSYCH 3606/5606 (400:162g)

Special Topics in Social Psychology

PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)

Principles of Psychometrics

PSYCH 4607/5607 (400:164g)

Psychological Anthropology

PSYCH 4608/5608 (400:167g)

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

PSYCH 6002 (400:241)

Research Design

PSYCH 6003 (400:292)

Graduate Practicum in Teaching Psychology

PSYCH 6006 (400:293)

Research in Psychology

PSYCH 6201 (400:218)

Evolution, Brain and Social Behavior

PSYCH 6202 (400:220)

Social and Cognitive Development

PSYCH 6203 (400:261)

Personality

PSYCH 6204 (400:264)

Advanced Social Psychology

PSYCH 6205 (400:294)

Advances and Developments in Social Psychology

PSYCH 6285 (400:285)

Readings in Psychology

PSYCH 6289 (400:289)

Seminar

PSYCH 6401 (400:249)

Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment

PSYCH 6406 (400:225)

Psychopathology

PSYCH 6410

Advanced Child Psychopathology and Evidence Based Treatment

3 hours total from:

PSYCH 4704/5704 (400:192g)

Practicum in Teaching Psychology

or PSYCH 4705/5705 (400:193g)

Research Experience in Psychology

Total Hours

41