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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 and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Psychology for any other application requirements. 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-Organizational (I/O)

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 do not have sufficient undergraduate psychology cousework). 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 as a Senior. 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 Statistics3
Readings:
PSYCH 6285 (400:285)Readings in Psychology2
Thesis Research:
PSYCH 6299 (400:299)Research6
Emphasis requirements (as listed below)19-34
Total Hours30-45

Clinical Science Emphasis

Requirements for all students (listed above):11
Required for emphasis:
Psychology:
PSYCH 6002 (400:241)Research Design3
PSYCH 6401 (400:249)Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment3
PSYCH 6402 (400:270)Research and Practice of Psychotherapy3
PSYCH 6405 (400:262)Personality Assessment3
PSYCH 6406 (400:225)Psychopathology3
PSYCH 6407 (400:272)Evidence Based Treatment3
PSYCH 6409Clinical Ethics3
PSYCH 6410Advanced Child Psychopathology and Evidence Based Treatment3
Clinical Practicum:
PSYCH 6408 (400:290)Clinical Practicum3
Electives in Psychology3
(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 Hours41

Industrial-Organizational Emphasis

Requirements for all students (listed above):11
Required for emphasis:
Psychology:
PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)Principles of Psychometrics3
PSYCH 3305/5305 (400:157g)Industrial Psychology3
PSYCH 3304/5304 (400:158g)Organizational Psychology3
PSYCH 6301 (400:210)Organizational Consulting and Change Management2
PSYCH 6302 (400:232)Training and Instructional Design3
PSYCH 6303 (400:234)Recruitment and Selection3
PSYCH 6304 (400:237)Performance Appraisal3
PSYCH 6204 (400:264)Advanced Social Psychology3
Practicum in I/O Psychology:
PSYCH 6305 (400:291)Practicum in Industrial/Organizational Psychology2
Electives in Psychology3
(determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator)
Total Hours39

Industrial-Organizational 5th Year Emphasis

Requirements for all students (listed above):11
Required for emphasis:
Psychology:
PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)Principles of Psychometrics3
PSYCH 6301 (400:210)Organizational Consulting and Change Management2
PSYCH 6302 (400:232)Training and Instructional Design3
PSYCH 6303 (400:234)Recruitment and Selection3
PSYCH 6304 (400:237)Performance Appraisal3
PSYCH 6204 (400:264)Advanced Social Psychology3
Practicum in I/O Psychology:
PSYCH 6305 (400:291)Practicum in Industrial/Organizational Psychology2
Total Hours30

Social Psychology Emphasis

Required for all students (listed above):11
Required for emphasis:
Psychology:
PSYCH 4604/5604 (400:149g)Principles of Psychometrics3
PSYCH 3606/5606 (400:162g)Special Topics in Social Psychology3
PSYCH 6002 (400:241)Research Design3
PSYCH 6201 (400:218)Evolution, Brain and Social Behavior3
PSYCH 6202 (400:220)Social and Cognitive Development3
PSYCH 6203 (400:261)Personality3
PSYCH 6204 (400:264)Advanced Social Psychology3
Psychology:
PSYCH 6006 (400:293)Research in Psychology6
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 Psychology3
(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 Hours45

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 Hours41