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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Science in Psychology (General Experimental) (PSY)

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The curriculum produces master’s-level psychologists with general knowledge of psychology in various content areas, research methodologies and theoretical formulations. Based on a “mentor model,” the program of study, progress, training and thesis are supervised by one or more faculty members. The general program does not prepare or qualify the student for a license in the State of Michigan as a clinical psychologist. It accommodates students preparing for doctoral programs or seeking career advancement in a basic or applied research area.

Admission Requirements:

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who meet all of the requirements for graduate degree admission status listed below:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Complete the Graduate School application (online or paper copy available);
  3. Complete an Application Supplement Form (available on the department website);
  4. Have an undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  5. Have at least 20 hours in psychology, including statistics and experimental psychology;
  6. Submit a transcript of GRE scores in which the sum of the scores for the verbal and quantitative sections is approximately 1,000 or higher;
  7. Present two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program of study; and
  8. Submit a written account of their academic and professional history and professional goals.

Incomplete applications may not be considered. Credits earned under non-degree student status do not automatically apply to the requirements of the degree program.

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Admissions as stipulated in this catalog. A copy of the application should also be mailed directly to the Psychology Department.

There are no admissions to degree programs in the summer semester. After the admission quota for the program has been met, students will be placed on a waiting list, which does not guarantee admission unless spaces become available.

Department Information:

Psychology - College of Arts & Sciences

Carol Freedman-Doan, Ph.D.
Department Head

341C Science Complex
(734) 487-1155

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Rusty McIntyre, Ph.D.
Experimental Program Coordinator

301N Science Complex
(734) 487-2406

Natalie Dove, Ph.D.

361E Science Complex
(734) 487-3782

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.S. in Psychology (General Experimental) requires 30 graduate hours, with at least 24 in psychology. All students who apply should seek a faculty advisor, or mentor, to act as their sponsor. Students uncertain about a mentor choice, or applying from another campus and unfamiliar with the faculty, may be assigned a temporary mentor by the coordinator of the program. The program is highly individualized and the mentor supervises the student’s training, research and master’s thesis. Should a student’s interests change, a new mentor may be selected with approval from both faculty members and the general experimental program coordinator.

Elective Courses: 6-12 hours

Six to 12 hours of psychology courses selected within the department in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Cognate Courses: 0-6 hours

Zero to six hours selected from outside the department in consultation with the graduate advisor.

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