Curriculum

Study Format Blended/Hybrid

Students complete this degree with a combination of online and on-campus classes.

Program Length 33 credits*, 24 months

 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Research

Quantitative Analysis (online course)

An introduction to the quantitative analysis of data, including data coding and entry of data. PASW statistics will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both nonparametric and initial parametric techniques.

Research in Psychology (on-campus course)

Introduces the purpose, methods, and ethics for conducting and interpreting research in psychology and behavioral sciences. Emphasis on understanding research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation allowing the development of necessary knowledge to critique research studies.

Advanced Research in Psychology (on-campus course)

Provides students opportunities to demonstrate comprehension and implementation of research methodology by conducting a study in collaboration with a sponsoring faculty member. Participate in an ongoing study or construct a novel design. Literature review, research methodology in practice, sample selection, data collection, selection of appropriate statistics, data entry, analysis of results, development of discussion sections. Preparation for doctoral work in psychology and careers in academic or research settings.

One additional graduate statistics course chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Assessment

Assessment Techniques (on-campus course)

History, purpose, principles, and methods of assessment; techniques and instruments employed in measuring abilities, achievement, interests, and personality; statistical procedures, limitations of measurement, especially among children. Relationship of assessment to the objectives of the school and counseling procedures.

Applied Psychopathology and Diagnosis (online course)

This course addresses the principles of diagnosis of normalcy and psychopathology through the use of current diagnostic tools, including the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the current edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). Introduction to principles and models of bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessments, case conceptualizations, and theories of human development.

Ethics

One graduate-level ethics course in consultation with your faculty advisor. 

Thesis

PSY-6990 Master’s Thesis (includes the Capstone Experience)

Capstone Experience

A master’s capstone is required for all Master of Arts candidates. This culminating project highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout his or her studies. Capstones are traditionally a summary of work demonstrating overall growth and specific understandings of the professional standards. The capstone serves as a performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and his or her ability to interpret theory into practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and his or her ability to interpret theory into practice. The PSY-6990 Master’s Thesis includes the course satisfies the Capstone Experience requirement.

 

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