Graduate Study in Psychology
Our Graduate Program Guide provides detailed information for both prospective and current M.S. in Psychology students.
The emphasis of the Psychology master’s degree program is pre-doctoral preparation. It is ideal for students who wish to improve their research skills, co-author articles and presentations with faculty, engage in professional networking, and expand their knowledge of psychology prior to applying or reapplying to Ph.D. programs. The program also prepares students for employment that utilizes acquired psychological knowledge and skills.
The pre-doctoral master’s program is intended for:
1) Students who wish to pursue doctoral level training in psychology, but are undecided about an area of concentration or do not feel confident about their ability to handle the challenges of doctoral level study. These individuals may benefit from a more gradual introduction to the experience of graduate education by earning a master’s degree in general psychology prior to entering a doctoral program. Students might also enhance their vita by gaining practical experience and becoming involved in research. Our program provides opportunities to explore the many subfields of psychology (e.g., social psychology, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, counseling psychology, experimental psychology) through coursework, research experience, and faculty mentoring.
2) Students who feel ready to pursue doctoral training, but who were unsuccessful when they applied directly from their undergraduate programs. These students may nevertheless wish to attend a master’s level graduate school and demonstrate that they are capable of completing advanced coursework. Pursuit of the master’s degree will also provide opportunities to become involved with research programs, begin networking in the field, and transform student-faculty interactions into strong letters of recommendation.
3) Students who realize late in their undergraduate careers that they want to attend graduate school, but are unable to do so because they made few, if any, of the necessary preparations. These students may recognize that their current credentials are simply not competitive when applying to doctoral programs in psychology. The UCM program will provide these students with opportunities to enhance their credentials by succeeding in graduate level courses, co-authoring publications and convention presentations, earning strong letters of recommendation through faculty interactions, and working with faculty mentors who wish to help them realize their ambitions.