The Master of Science in Psychology program at Arkansas Tech University is designed to provide advanced students with sufficient breadth and depth to function in a variety of professional environments. While emphasis is placed on research and Psychological Principles, a concentrated effort is also made to establish the foundation necessary for teaching, practice, post-graduate work, research, or any combination of these areas.
Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Psychology if they meet the following requirements and are approved by the Psychology graduate faculty:
Applicants who fail to meet the criteria for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally to enroll in twelve (12) semester hours. Students admitted conditionally must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 at the completion of twelve (12) semester hours with no grade lower than "C".
An applicant who satisfies the grade point requirement from an unaccredited institution may also be eligible for conditional admission. In such cases, transcripts may be judged to be deficient. The nature of the deficiency and subsequent deficiency requirements will be determined by the Psychology Graduate Committee and the Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology or the Head of the Department.
The Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology or the Head of the Department will assign a temporary faculty advisor to each student admitted to the degree program. The faculty advisor will assist the student in designing a curriculum of study that leads to the fulfilment of the degree requirements and the preparation of the thesis. The faculty advisor, the Psychology Graduate Committee, and the Graduate College monitor the student's progress in the program. However, it remains the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements.
Students who have been granted unconditional admission are eligible for admission to candidacy upon completion of twelve (12) semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "C". Students who have been granted conditional admission are eligible for admission to candidacy after the completion of all deficiency requirements and twelve (12) hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and no grade lower than "C". It is the student's responsibility to complete the "Application for Admission to Candidacy" form and to submit it to the Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology or the Department Head. The form is to be submitted upon completion of twelve (12) hours of graduate work.
The student seeking the Master of Science degree in Psychology must complete the following:
PSY 5013 History of Psychology
PSY 5033 Psychological Test and Measurements
PSY 5043 Social Psychology
PSY 5053 Psychology of Perception
PSY 5073 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 6033 Personality Testing
PSY 6043 Psychopathology
PSY 6053 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSY 6063 Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSY 6073 Personality Dynamics and Theories
PSY 6083 Seminar in Psychology
PSY 6091-6 Advanced Field Placement
PSY 6993-6 Thesis Research
PSY 6891-4 Independent Study
A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited school if deemed appropriate to the Psychology Graduate Committee, the Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology, and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request through the Psychology Graduate Committee to petition the acceptance of the transfer credit prior to request candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology or the Head of the Department and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or taken for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree.
If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the faculty advisor, the Psychology Graduate Committee, the Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology, and the Graduate College Dean.