Early consideration deadline for completed applications is Jan. 15. All application materials must be received by March 1 for consideration of admission for a fall start. Students ordinarily begin their graduate studies fall quarter. Admission to begin the program in winter or spring is discouraged.
Please contact the Department secretary at 509.359.2495 to get an application.
Students accepted will be notified of a general information meeting held during the week preceding the beginning of their first quarter, to provide orientation to institutional and departmental procedures and to provide information about registration.
Student Learning Outcomes
Master's level graduate study in psychology provides the student with advanced preparation for practice in the field or for entering doctoral-level programs in psychology. Two programs are offered by the department: a MS in psychology with a concentration in either clinical or general/experimental psychology and a MS in school psychology.
The Master of Science in psychology is intended to prepare students to be master’s- level practitioners or to pursue further graduate study in the clinical or experimental areas. A set of core classes provides students in the program with foundational knowledge in the discipline that includes methods classes that impart research and data analysis skills.
Obtaining a Master of Science in psychology ordinarily takes two years, including summer quarter following the first year. Students are admitted to either a clinical or experimental concentration. Beyond the core classes, the clinical concentration provides additional foundational and applied courses that emphasize clinical knowledge and skills. In addition to the core courses, students in the general/experimental concentration design coursework and research experience in consultation with a faculty advisor to match the interest of the students with the expertise of the department faculty.
All students in the program are required to take the following set of core courses:
*PSYC 503 Pro-seminar: Scientific Methods (4)
*PSYC 522 Advanced Statistics (5)
*PSYC 534 Human Neuropsychology (4)
*PSYC 537 Advanced Psychopathology (4)
*PSYC 538 Research Topics (1)
*PSYC 539 Seminar in Special Topics (2) (total)
PSYC 600 Thesis (minimum) (6)
or PSYC 601 Research Report (6)
PSYC 694 Practicum (16)
Total core credits 42 credits
Students must successfully complete the courses, excluding thesis/research report and practicum, during the first three quarters of enrollment in order to continue in the program without a significant delay or required remediation plan during the second year of study. Elective courses may be added to a student’s program of study upon agreement with the program director.
The clinical concentration is designed for students who are interested in becoming master’s-level mental health providers in private practice, mental health centers, hospitals or social service agencies, as well as, those who are pursuing pre-doctoral studies to support application to doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. All students in the clinical concentration are required to take the following set of courses in addition to the core classes:
PSYC 504 Pro-seminar: Learning and Behavior Therapy (4)
PSYC 508 Professional Issues (2)
PSYC 551 Foundation of Psychotherapy (5)
PSYC 554 Cognitive Assessment (4)
PSYC 555 Clinical Practice in Cognitive Assessment (3)
PSYC 556 Personality and Behavioral Assessment (4)
PSYC 557 Clinical Practice in Personality & Behavioral Assessment (4)
PSYC 694 Practicum (4)
In addition to the above course requirements, students with a clinical emphasis are required to take a minimum of twelve (12) elective credits from approved by the Director and in accord with the following elective course guidelines:
The concentration in general/experimental psychology is designed to prepare students for research or teaching in psychology. Methodology and both basic and applied research are emphasized. Students are prepared to enter doctoral programs or to seek employment in appropriate master’s-level positions. Curricula plans, in addition to the 42 credit hours of core courses, should include a minimum of 26 credits of elective courses approved by the Director and in accord with the elective courses guidelines shown below. Students particularly interested in acquiring college-level instruction skills should consider courses from the College of Education and Human Development.
Additional graduate courses are offered within the department and may be taken by students in any program of study. Moreover, with the appropriate program director's approval, the following type of courses may be taken as part of the student's graduate program of study:
Total core credits 42 credits
Total concentration credits 26 credits
Minimum total credits for master's degree, general/experimental concentration 68 credits
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