Jul 31, 2021  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, M.A.

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Master's Degree Programs

Applicants are judged on the basis of prior academic record, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study, and personal statement. Applicants are expected to have completed appropriate undergraduate foundation courses in psychology (e.g., statistics, experimental, and history and systems). A student may be invited to come to campus for a personal interview as part of the application process. The department typically receives applications from a larger number of qualified applicants than it can enroll.

Prospective students should specify their intended emphasis area at time of application. Descriptions of each of these areas are available online at www.usm.edu/psychology. New students are admitted only for fall semester. Applications received by March 1st will receive full review.

The Department of Psychology values diversity, and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, whereas participation in on-campus admissions seminars and interviews is highly recommended for applicants who enter the final selection pool, alternative arrangements may be requested through the director of training for those individuals who are unable to travel to Hattiesburg.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page –www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirements specified in the front section of this Bulletin for continuous enrollment.

Common Requirements for the Master of Arts and Master of Science Degrees with a Major in Psychology

Departmental Courses:

Psychological Foundations area (9 hours):

Completion of 3 of the following 4 content areas

Electives (14 hours)


All choices between core courses as well as selection of elective courses must be approved by the student’s major adviser and emphasis area director.

Master’s comprehensive examination requirements are described in the General Academic Requirements  section of this Bulletin. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Additional Requirements for the Master of Arts

Departmental Courses:

Master’s Thesis (6 hours):


A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Students completing the Master of Science degree in preparation for doctoral study must complete a master’s thesis in addition to the requirements listed under Common Requirements for Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees. Completion of the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree with thesis does not guarantee admission to the doctoral degree program.

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