Master of Science in Psychology

Requirements

Clinical Counseling Concentration Thesis Option (91-92 units) (Program Code: PSCC)

Clinical Counseling Concentration Comprehensive Examination Option (90 units) (Program Code: PSCC)

Industrial/Organizational Concentration Thesis Option  (76 units) (Program Code: PSIO)

The areas of concentration for the Master of Science degree program are clinical/counseling psychology or industrial/organizational psychology.

The principal objective of the clinical/counseling program is to provide students with practical skills in counseling, through supervised training and experience, and an understanding of relevant subject matter knowledge and research methodology. The program offers required and elective course work designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) as outlined by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The program culminates with a thesis or comprehensive examination and an internship experience.

The principal objective of the industrial/organizational program is to provide students with the skills to apply the principles and methods of psychology to organizations, public and private, and to settings where people are engaged in work. To be successful in this application, the graduate must have developed knowledge and appreciation of psychological theory and research as they apply to organizations and people at work, and mastery of the measurement and research technologies which are commonly used in the discipline.

Admission to the M.S. Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5;
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average in the major of 3.0 ("B");
  3. A baccalaureate degree in psychology;
    or
    one of the following:
    1. A baccalaureate degree in a major other than psychology and score at or above the 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (advanced test in psychology);
    2. A baccalaureate degree in a major other than psychology, including a course of study judged, by the Psychology Department graduate admissions committee, to be satisfactory preparation for graduate study in psychology;
  4. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  5. Submission to the department graduate admissions committee of a brief statement (one or two typewritten pages) of the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in a graduate training program and professional aspirations following receipt of the master's degree;
  6. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's likely success in a graduate psychology program. At least two of these letters should be from former professors who are familiar with the student's scholarly activities.

For students seeking admission in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration, the following also are required for classified status:

Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Statistics
Applied Business Statistics
Introduction to Experimental Psychology
The following courses (or equivalent) are recommended:
Management and Organizational Behavior
Management and Organizational Behavior
Industrial Psychology
Human Resources Management
Tests and Measurements

For students seeking admission in the Clinical/Counseling Concentration, the following also are required for classified status:

Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Experimental Psychology
Tests and Measurements
Personality
Introduction to Psychotherapy
Abnormal Psychology

Students who meet the general requirements of the university for admission to graduate study, but who do not meet the Psychology Department's specific requirements for admission to classified status or who wish to take course work prior to winter quarter consideration of their application for classified status, may be admitted to the university in the unclassified postbaccalaureate status. Unclassified postbaccalaureate students may enroll, when space is available, in selected graduate courses, with the instructor's approval.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Secured a graduate advisor to supervise the course of study;
  3. Completed, with the approval of the student's advisor, at least 16 quarter units of graduate course work at this university, and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in those courses;
  4. Filed an approved Advancement to Candidacy form which must have the approval of the student's advisor, the department chair or chair of the graduate program committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Graduation

Clinical/Counseling Concentration

  1. Completed at least 90-92 quarter units (depending on the culminating option selected in item 2 below) of course work in an approved graduate program with a grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  2. One of the following:
    1. Completed and defended an original thesis. Students selecting the thesis option take five units of PSYC 611B-E in preparation for the thesis.
      OR
    2. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students selecting the examination option take five units of PSYC 612B-E in preparation for the examination;
  3. Received the approval of the student's graduate committee;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the thesis or comprehensive examination;
  5. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.
    The comprehensive examination is designed to be integrative in nature and is offered during the spring quarter. Students who do not receive a passing grade may elect to:
    1. Repeat the examination, one additional time only
      OR
    2. Complete PSYC 699 Thesis.
      Complete details regarding the examination option are available from the Psychology Department.

Industrial/Organizational Concentration

  1. Completed a minimum of 76 quarter units of approved graduate level work with at least 60 units completed in residence at this university with a grade point average of a least 3.0 ("B") and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  2. Completed and defended an original master's thesis (a two-course sequence, PSYC 611B-E and PSYC 699);
  3. The graduate writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the thesis.

Classified graduate students in the Master of Science programs must complete their degree requirements within seven years of admission to the program. Students with classified status who fail to register for at least one course in the Psychology M.S. program each quarter will automatically be declassified.

Degree Requirements

Clinical/Counseling

Thesis Option (91-92 units)

PSYC 611B-EAdvanced Independent Study (2-5 units for a total of 5)5
PSYC 616Child and Spousal/Partner Abuse4
PSYC 618Community and Public Mental Health4
PSYC 619Community Disaster, Trauma and Resilience4
PSYC 633Professional Ethics and Law4
PSYC 636Cross-Cultural Counseling4
PSYC 638Substance Abuse: Detection, Assessment and Treatment4
PSYC 640Advanced Methods in Psychological Research4
PSYC 641Analysis of Variance4-5
or PSYC 642 Regression and Nonparametric Statistics
PSYC 654Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 665Psychopathology4
PSYC 667Family Processes4
PSYC 671Marriage and Family Therapy Skills I,COUNSELING PRACTICUM I5
PSYC 672Marriage and Family Therapy Skills II5
PSYC 673Marriage and Family Therapy Skills III5
PSYC 679Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4
PSYC 687AMarriage and Family Therapy Practicum I2
PSYC 687BMarriage and Family Therapy Practicum II2
PSYC 687CMarriage and Family Therapy Practicum III2
PSYC 697AAdvanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology I4
PSYC 697BAdvanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology II4
PSYC 697CAdvanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology III4
PSYC 699Thesis5
Total Units91-92

NotesPSYC 617PSYC 682, and PSYC 691 or comparable workshops are required for those students interested in licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Comprehensive Examination Option (90 units)

PSYC 612B-EDirected Readings (2-5 units for a total of 5)5
PSYC 616Child and Spousal/Partner Abuse4
PSYC 618Community and Public Mental Health4
PSYC 619Community Disaster, Trauma and Resilience4
PSYC 633Professional Ethics and Law4
PSYC 636Cross-Cultural Counseling4
PSYC 638Substance Abuse: Detection, Assessment and Treatment4
PSYC 640Advanced Methods in Psychological Research4
PSYC 654Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 665Psychopathology4
PSYC 667Family Processes4
PSYC 671Marriage and Family Therapy Skills I,COUNSELING PRACTICUM I5
PSYC 672Marriage and Family Therapy Skills II5
PSYC 673Marriage and Family Therapy Skills III5
PSYC 679Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4
PSYC 687AMarriage and Family Therapy Practicum I2
PSYC 687BMarriage and Family Therapy Practicum II2
PSYC 687CMarriage and Family Therapy Practicum III2
PSYC 697AAdvanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology I4
PSYC 697BAdvanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology II4
PSYC 697CAdvanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology III4
Eight units of electives to be chosen from 500- or 600-level courses, excluding PSYC 575, PSYC 611 and PSYC 612.8
PSYC 999AComprehensive Examination0
Total Units90

Recommended Elective Courses needed for licensure:

PSYC 617Clinical Psychopharmacology4
PSYC 682Clinical Assessment4
PSYC 691Human Sexuality and Treatment4

Notes: PSYC 617PSYC 682, and PSYC 691 or comparable workshops are required for those students interested in licensure as a marriage and family therapist prior to application to licensure.

Industrial/Organizational

Thesis Option (76 units)

PSYC 581ASeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Current Professional Issues2
PSYC 581BSeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Organizational Leadership2
PSYC 581CSeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Processes of Work Groups2
PSYC 581DSeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Training and Executive Development2
PSYC 581ESeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Ethical Issues in Organizations2
PSYC 581FSeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Diversity in Organizations2
PSYC 581GSeminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Legal Issues for Organizational Professionals2
PSYC 601Performance Assessment4
PSYC 602Organizational Development4
PSYC 603Personnel Selection and Validation4
PSYC 604Work Motivation and Organizational Reward Systems4
PSYC 611B-EAdvanced Independent Study (for a total of 5 units)5
PSYC 640Advanced Methods in Psychological Research4
PSYC 641Analysis of Variance5
PSYC 642Regression and Nonparametric Statistics4
PSYC 643Multivariate Methods4
PSYC 644Applied Psychological Measurement4
PSYC 675Practicum in Applied Psychology4
PSYC 689B-EExternship in Applied Psychology (for a total of 5 units)5
PSYC 699Thesis5
Four units chosen from:4
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Advanced Learning and Motivation
Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Advanced Biological Psychology
Advanced Personality and Social Psychology
A minimum of two units chosen from:2
Financial Accounting
Economic Analysis
Financial Management Concepts
Work, Retirement and Leisure
Work, Retirement and Leisure
Organization Theory and Behavior
Managing Human Resources
Communication and Interpersonal Processes
Industrial Relations
Leadership for Modern Organizations
Managing Teams in the Workplace
PSYC 612B-E
Directed Readings
Academic Research in Psychology
Cross-Cultural Counseling
Psychopathology
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Total Units76