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Master of Arts: Psychology - Suggested Plan of Study

Note. Beginning academic year 2012-2013, The Department of Psychology is no longer accepting new students into the Master of Arts in Psychology program.  The information that follows is applicable to students accepted to the program prior to Fall 2012. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology degree program are eligible for a Master of Arts in Psychology degree as part of the PhD in Psychology degree program. A detailed list of requirements for obtaining a Master of Arts in Psychology degree as part of the PhD in Psychology degree program can be found in the PhD program handbook.

Potential applicants should be aware that the Master of Arts in Psychology program is not designed to prepare students for professional practice as a psychologist. Further, completion of the Master of Arts in Psychology program is not adequate preparation for either the practice of psychology or use of the term “psychologist,” both of which are regulated by state statute. Students interested in the practice of psychology should consider the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program described under the Department of Psychology listing.

The program is designed for students who seek rigorous training in research design and statistical analysis. Acquiring skills in these areas will prepare students for additional graduate training as well as for immediate application in a work setting. Quantitatively skilled professionals are employed in a variety of settings including: university departments such as psychology, marketing, management, education, medical and biological research programs, personnel management programs, government, industry, market research firms, large-scale mental testing corporations, software development companies and consulting firms.

One key component of training is six credit hours of a capstone research project, either research and thesis or directed research program evaluation, in which students will, under the direct supervision of faculty, apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to real-world problems and research questions.

Total: 36 Hours

PSYCH 5516 Advanced Quantitative Methods 3

PSYCH 5517 Multiple Regression and Multivariate Analysis 3

PSYCH 5530: Addressing Health Disparities  through Community Based Participatory Research 3

PSYCH 5538 Development and Evaluation of Assessment Tools 3

PSYCH 5601 Experimental Methods in Design and Analysis I 3

PSYCH 5590 Directed Research OR PSYCH 5599 Research and Thesis  6

Psychology Elective* 3

Electives** 12

* Psychology electives must be 5500 level or above, unless prior written approval is obtained from your psychology adviser and the course instructor. Documentation of completion of additional work in undergraduate courses must be filed with the department in order to obtain graduate credit. Refer to the MA in Psychology handbook for elective options.

** Courses at the 5500 level or above from other UMKC departments may be used to fulfill these requirements; however, prior written approval from your psychology adviser is required.