Master of Arts in Psychology

Admission Requirements

  1. The following admission requirements pertain to Concentration A. Students following Concentration B must be admitted to either the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology or general/experimental psychology. For more information about these doctoral programs see the applicable entries in the Academic Catalog.
  2. Applicants may be considered for Concentration A either as high school students or as undergraduates. High achieving high school students (GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 and an ACT score of 25 or higher) will initially be considered for "identified" status and become eligible for formal admission when they meet the same criteria that undergraduates must meet for admission. Admission is a competitive process and meeting the following minimum eligibility requirements doesn't guarantee admission.
    1. All graduate admissions eligibility requirements (see academic catalog for the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's (ABM) 5 Year Degree Program). 
    2. A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.20 (based on A= 4.00) for all undergraduate work.
    3. Completion of Introduction to Statistics (PSYC 241), Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 303), and Advanced Research Methods (PSYC 304), with a minimum grade of B in each course.
    4. Applicants who are undergraduates must have completed at least 1 credit of either Independent Research (PSYC 294) or Advanced Individual Research (PSYC 494) and must have earned a minimum grade of B for each credit.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Department of Psychology. The exact requirements set forth by the Department of Psychology include that students complete, as appropriate, the requirements for one of the two concentrations listed below.

Concentration A.

Concentration A is for students who are "identified" as high school students and/or are admitted directly into the Master of Arts program as an undergraduate. Students in Concentration A will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in psychology upon completion of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  2. Nine (9) of the 30 credits must satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Data Analytics (Psyc 540, Psyc 541, & Psyc 542).
  3. Eighteen (18) of the 30 credits are elective course credits at the 500-level or above which are approved by the respective advisory committee and documented in the Program of Study. A minimum of 12 credits must consist of course credits offered by the Department of Psychology.
  4. Three (3) of the 30 credits must for an Independent Study (PSYC 997). To successfully complete these credits, students must prepare a written independent research report and deliver an oral presentation of their results to the advisor and interested faculty.

Concentration B.

Concentration B is for students who are enrolled in the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology or general/experimental psychology. The Psychology Department does not admit students who wish to earn only a Master of Arts degree in general psychology into its Ph.D. programs. However, students who are enrolled in these programs will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in general psychology upon completion of the following requirements:

A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.

  1. A maximum of eight credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  2. Completion of “Scholarly Tool” coursework to develop skills in research design including: Psyc 541, Psyc 542, & Psyc 543.
  3. Completion of an empirical thesis (6 credits)
  4. Completion of a minimum of 15 elective PSYC course credits at the 500-level or above which are approved by the respective advisory committee and documented in the Program of Study.

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