Skip to navigation

Master of Art in Psychology

The Master of Arts degree is offered with concentrations in either of two areas, clinical or general psychology. Both programs require a thesis and two years of academic and related work. Both are designed either to provide a foundation for advanced study or to enable the student to qualify for an appropriate master’s level professional position in the broad fields of human behavior and services. Both also require the same 18 semester hours of common coursework. The programs differ, however, in the specific professional objectives they are designed to serve. The also differ in the minimum number of required semester hours, and in the specific courses required beyond the 18 hours common to both.

In addition to meeting the University requirements for admission to the graduate program, successful psychology graduate program applicants will have completed undergraduate courses in general psychology, statistics, and research methods. Abnormal and experimental psychology are highly recommended. Preference will be given to students who have extensive undergraduate coursework in psychology and experience in the field.

  1. Clinical Psychology
  2. General Psychology

The clinical psychology program is designed to:

  • prepare students for doctoral level study in psychology
  • train students in research methodology
  • acquaint students with ethical concerns in research and practice
  • prepare students for licensure as a psychological examiner in clinical practice in the State of Tennessee
  • develop skill in the critical study of concepts, theories, and systems of psychology and in analysis of examples of psychological research

Students who complete the clinical program will be able to :

  • define and use appropriately the important concepts of contemporary psychology
  • identify and describe major historical and contemporary theories of psychology and evaluate empirical research as a support for theories and principles in psychology
  • analyze and interpret data gathered using various research methods
  • evaluate the design and analysis of research studies in psychology
  • design, conduct, and analyze and interpret data for an independent research project
  • communicate the results of empirical, library, and internet research both orally and in writing
  • define the ethical responsibilities of psychologists in both research and practice
  • choose, administer, and interpret scores of tests commonly used in the practice of psychology
  • demonstrate the use of therapeutic techniques commonly used by master’s level psychologists

First Year, Fall Semester (12 credits)

PSY 507Personality Theory
PSY 513Advanced Statistics
PSY 521Proseminar I
PSY 541Psychopathology

First Year, Spring Semester (12 credits)

PSY 522Proseminar II
PSY 532Research Design and Methodology
PSY 544Psychodiagnostics I
PSY 552Psychotherapy

Second Year, Fall Semester (10 credits)

PSY 545Psychodiagnostics II
PSY 547Practicum I
PSY 555Intervention: Child and Adolescent
PSY 561Thesis Seminar I

Second Year, Spring Semester (8 credits)

PSY 548 Practicum II
PSY 556 Intervention: Group and Family
PSY 562 Thesis Seminar II

The general psychology program is designed to:

  • prepare students for doctoral level study in psychology
  • prepare students to teach psychology in a community college
  • train students in research methodology
  • acquaint students with ethical concerns in research and practice
  • develop skill in the critical study of the major concepts, theories, and systems of psychology and in the analysis of examples of psychological research
  • support specialized study in the area of psychology chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • define and use appropriately the important concepts of contemporary psychology;
  • identify and describe major historical and contemporary theories of psychology and evaluate empirical research as support for theories and principles of psychology
  • analyze and interpret data gathered using various research methods
  • evaluate the design and analysis of research studies in psychology
  • design, conduct, and analyze and interpret data for an independent research project 
  • communicate the results of empirical, library, and Internet research both orally and in writing
  • define the ethical responsibilities of psychologists in both research and practice
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specialized area of psychology

The student’s program in the general psychology program is planned with an advisor and depends on the student’s background and goals. Thirty credit hours are required which must include the following courses:

PSY 507Personality Theory
PSY 513Advanced Statistics
PSY 521-522Proseminar I and II
PSY 532Research Design and Methodology
PSY 561-562Thesis Seminar I and II