Graduate Degree Program

MA Program in Psychology


The mission of the masters in Psychology program is to provide students with a M.A. level of knowledge and skills to prepare the student for a Ph.D. program in Psychology and to provide students not intending to pursue a Ph.D. degree with a variety of courses that will help prepare them for paraprofessional positions. The program also offers an Industrial/ Organizational concentration for students interested in entering the business professions following graduation with their master's degree.



Thank you for your interest in our Master of Arts program in Psychology. The M.A. program in Psychology at Southeastern is a 38-hour program that typically requires two years to complete. Although not all of our students apply to Ph.D. programs after they complete our program, the focus of the M.A. program is on providing students with the core training in Psychology that would enable them to successfully enter a Ph.D. program as a third year graduate student. Students do not specialize in an area in our program. Students who are going on to Ph.D. programs in applied areas such as Clinical and Industrial/Organizational will take roughly the same courses as those going on in basic research areas such as Cognitive and Physiological. However, it is possible to slant one's program in the direction of the specialty area through some of the elective courses (e.g., practicum, independent readings, independent research) as well as by selecting a thesis director with compatible interests (see description of Faculty).


The Psychology Department currently awards ten (10) graduate assistantships (each about $4400 for ten months, plus a tuition waiver). They are awarded on a competitive basis. You may apply for an assistantship at the time of application to the program.


More detailed information on both the M.A. program can be found in the University General Catalogue and the guidelines for M.A. Programs that follows. An application and copy of the General Catalogue may be obtained from Graduate Admissions.

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