What You’ll Learn
Motivated students who want to pursue research careers should consider the combined degree in psychology. Not only do students get instruction in an intensive format, but they can earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years with a full-time commitment.
Students collaborate with faculty on a wide range of research, including; human learning, applied behavior analysis, language/memory of the aging, substance use in adolescence, and much more. This type of training helps our graduates get into successful research-oriented doctoral programs.
The program combines a solid undergraduate psychology education and advanced masters-level training in either general psychological research or clinical research.
Our rigorous program develops applied and academic knowledge in the areas of biological, acquired or learned, social, developmental, and individual bases of behavior. Additionally, all students receive advanced training in research methods and statistics.
Admission to the combined program is selective, restricted to students with exceptional records, and subject to the availability of a faculty member able to serve as a thesis advisor.
To be eligible for the combined BS/MA psychology program, students must attain:
- A minimum of 75 undergraduate credits by the end of 1st-semester junior year
- A minimum of one semester of PSH 399 by the end of 1st-semester junior year (with 'B' or higher)
- All PSH core and content courses by the end of 2nd-semester junior year
- 3.0 overall GPA
- 3.25 psychology GPA
- A faculty member willing to serve as graduate research mentor
Deadline: November 1 of the student's Junior year
Faculty/Student Collaborative Research
Independent and directed study courses are offered to give students the opportunity to pursue individual interests outside of standard coursework. Our faculty have active research agendas and publish in respected research journals.
Graduates typically go on to positions in research and doctoral programs. Doctoral degrees are necessary for advanced research, administrative positions in health and human service fields, university teaching, and independent research.
Graduates with an MA from our program include Ph.D. candidates, research scientists and technicians, and individuals in human service and mental health-related agencies.