Psychology (MA in Psychology; MA in I-O Psychology and HRM; MA and Specialist in School Psychology; Minor)

Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management
Master of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts/Specialist in School Psychology
Graduate Minor in Psychology

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

psych.appstate.edu

James C. Denniston, Chair and Professor
dennistonjc@appstate.edu

Rose Mary Webb, Program Director for Psychology, Experimental concentration, and Associate Professor
webbrm@appstate.edu

Lisa Curtin Grizzard, Program Director for Psychology, Clinical concentration, and Professor
curtinla@appstate.edu

Timothy Huelsman, Program Director for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management and Professor
huelsmantj@appstate.edu

Pamela Kidder-Ashley, Program Director for School Psychology and Professor
ashleypk@appstate.edu

The Department of Psychology offers the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (Major Code: 258A/42.2804)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (Major Code: 145*/42.0101)
  • Clinical (145C)
  • Experimental (145B)
  • Master of Arts/Specialist in School Psychology (Major Code: 125A/42.2805) [T]
  • Graduate minor in Psychology (276/42.0101)

Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management: The Department of Psychology participates jointly with the Department of Management to offer an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology & Human Resource Management. This interdisciplinary M.A. degree is designed to equip students with advanced specialized training in human resource management. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of theories, methods, and research findings and to acquire skills in applying this knowledge to organizational activities such as employee recruitment, selection, motivation, training and development, and performance appraisal. The program consists of 51 semester hours that include required course work in both the Psychology Department and the Management Department. Either an internship or a thesis is required.

Psychology: The Master of Arts in Psychology has two concentrations: Clinical and Experimental.

The primary purpose of the Clinical concentration is to prepare the student to function competently in a variety of applied psychological, medical or integrative health care settings by developing evidence-based clinical skills. Through a program of course work, research training, and strong experiential learning requirements (practica and an internship), students develop multiple applied competencies, including diagnostic interviewing, cognitive and personality assessment, and prevention and intervention skills (e.g., psychotherapy, behavioral medicine, community level). Using a scientist-practitioner model, graduates are prepared for professional practice with eligibility for licensure as Licensed Psychological Associates in North Carolina, and are also prepared to pursue doctoral training.

The primary purpose of the Experimental concentration is to provide a sound program of intensive course work and independent research beyond the bachelor's degree, based on a mentoring model with student - faculty academic and research relationships as a central component. Upon completion of this program, the student is prepared to pursue various scientific and applied activities. Most students choose to pursue doctoral work at other institutions.

School Psychology: The School Psychology program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists since 1991. Our program provides learning experiences grounded in the scientist-practitioner model that enable our students to become well-rounded, effective school psychologists. Our graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of education-related settings and to practice competently, ethically, and from a scientific perspective in the major domains of school psychology practice, including consultation, assessment, prevention, intervention, training, diversity, home-school collaboration, and applied research. The program consists of 72 semester hours and requires three years of full-time study, including a year-long, full-time internship and completion of the PRAXIS-II exam in School Psychology. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates earn Master of Arts and Specialist in School Psychology degrees and are eligible for licensure by the NC Department of Public Instruction as Level II School Psychologists and for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential; they also may apply for NC licensure as Licensed Psychological Associates.

For more information about the programs offered, please refer to: http://psych.appstate.edu/students/graduate

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY (Code: 276)

A graduate minor in Psychology consists of 9-12 semester hours of graduate PSY courses, including PSY 5655, Contemporary Issues in Psychology, with the remaining courses to be planned in consultation with an adviser in the Department of Psychology. Therapy, assessment, and practicum courses, and PSY 5989 may not be included in the minor.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; completion of courses in General Psychology and Introductory Statistics; statement not exceeding two pages describing the applicant's academic and professional goals.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Location: On campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (Code: 258A)
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 51
 
General Psychology
Required Courses
  • PSY 5020: Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5030: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)
6
Functional Interdisciplinary Core
  • MGT 5040: Employment Law (3)
  • MGT 5160: Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGT 5570: Compensation (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5045: Introduction to Human Resources and Professional Issues (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5055: Leadership, Groups, and Teams (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5065: Organizational Development (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5660: Staffing (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5661: Performance Management (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5671: Training and Development (3)
  • PSY/MGT 5672: Advanced Organizational Psychology (3)
30
Thesis or Internship Option (CHOOSE ONE)

Thesis

  • PSY 5998: Thesis Proposal (3)
  • PSY 5999: Thesis (3)

OR
Internship (Select ONE)

  • PSY 5900: Internship (6)
  • MGT 5900: Internship (6)
6
Elective Courses9 s.h. of graduate electives9

Other Requirements for the MA in I-O Psychology and HRM:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Statistics proficiency met by completion of PSY 5020
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Each candidate will satisfactorily complete a comprehensive oral exam administered by Program Faculty
  • Product of Learning: None required

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; completion of approved courses (or demonstrated competence in the subject matter) in General Psychology and Research Methods (including statistics) for both concentrations and in Abnormal Psychology for the Clinical concentration; statement not exceeding two pages describing the applicant's academic and professional goals. Applicants should describe their research interests and identify a potential mentor from the Psychology faculty. Applicants to the Clinical concentration who make the first cut will be invited for an interview.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

For applicants seeking admission in the Clinical concentration, successful admission will be contingent upon completion of a Criminal Background Check that will be reviewed by the Clinical Admissions Committee and the Graduate School. The Criminal Background Check is required for licensure as a psychological associate and because psychology trainees are placed in professional agencies with policies regarding criminal histories. Applicants who are recommended for admission will be contacted with instructions.

Location: On campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology (Code: 145*)
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 57 (Clinical Concentration);
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 34 (Experimental Concentration)
 
Required Courses
  • PSY 5020: Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5300: Learning (3)
  • PSY 5320: Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
9
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Clinical Psychology Concentration (Code: 145C)

  • PSY 5552: Diagnosis and Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 5583: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine(3)
  • PSY 5584: Community Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5700: Cognitive Assessment (3)
  • PSY 5701: Personality Assessment (3)
  • PSY 5705: Psychotherapy: Foundations and Ethics (3)
  • PSY 5713: Child Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 5714: Psychotherapy Interventions I (3)
  • PSY 5715: Psychotherapy Interventions II (3)
  • PSY 5904: Practicum I - Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5905: Practicum II - Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PSY 6900: Internship - Clinical Psychology (6)
  • Thesis option (Choose one):
    • With Thesis
      • PSY 5030: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)
      • PSY 5998: Thesis Proposal (3)
      • PSY 5999: Thesis (3)
    • OR
    • Without Thesis
    • Select 6 s.h. of electives with approval of an advisor, and choose one of the courses below:
      • PSY 5030: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)
      • PSY 5330: Developmental Seminar (3)
      • PSY 5340: Seminar in Social Psychology (3)

OR
Experimental Psychology Concentration (Code: 145B)

  • PSY 5015: Research Seminar (4)
  • PSY 5030: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5310: Cognitive Processes (3)
  • PSY 5330: Developmental Seminar (3)
  • PSY 5340: Seminar in Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5530-5549: Selected Topics (3)
  • PSY 5998: Thesis Proposal (3)
  • PSY 5999: Thesis (3)
25 or 48

Other Requirements for the MA in Psychology:

  • Thesis: Required (Experimental concentration); Optional (Clinical concentration)
  • Proficiency: Statistics proficiency met by completion of PSY 5020
  • Candidacy: Required for both concentrations. For Experimental students, candidacy is granted upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus. For Clinical students, candidacy is granted upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus (thesis track only), successful completion of PSY 5904, and approval of program faculty.
  • Comprehensive: Clinical students will have a concentration-specific examination administered during the fourth semester in the program. Experimental students will satisfactorily complete a concentration-specific examination by scoring at or above the 70th percentile on the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT).
  • Product of Learning: Not required

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS/SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; completion of approved courses in Psychological Tests & Measurements, General Psychology, and Research Methods, including Statistics, or demonstrated competence in these areas; statement not exceeding two pages describing the applicant's rationale and "fitness" for pursuing graduate training in School Psychology. Applicants who make the first cut will be invited for an interview.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Candidates will be subject to criminal background checks (CBCs) prior to participation in required training experiences in the public schools. Continued enrollment in the program requires that CBCs reveal no criminal offenses that would preclude employment in the public schools of North Carolina.

Location: On campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts and Specialist in School Psychology (Code: 125A)
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 72
 
Required Courses
  • PSY 5015: Research Seminar (3)
  • PSY 5020: Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5040: Applied Psychological Research and Evaluation (3)
  • PSY 5555 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5702: Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention - I (3)
  • PSY 5703: Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention - II (3)
  • PSY 5704: Emotional/Behavioral Assessment for Intervention (3)
  • PSY 5705: Psychotherapy: Foundations and Ethics (3)
  • PSY 5713: Child Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 5717: Assessment & Intervention Planning for Special Populations (3)
  • PSY 5800: Applied Behavior Management (3)
  • PSY 5810: Functions and Ethics of the School Psychologist (3)
  • PSY 5820: Multi-tiered Prevention and Intervention (3)
  • PSY 5901: Practicum I (3)
  • PSY 5902: Practicum II (3)
  • HPC/PSY 6620: School-Based Consultation (3)
  • PSY 6621: Advanced Consultation (3)
  • PSY 6900: Internship (6 in Fall + 6 in Spring =12)
  • CI 5591: Advanced Curriculum Design in Elementary Education (3)
  • HPC 5110: Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • SW 5010: Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
72

Other Requirements for the MA/SSP in School Psychology:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Statistics proficiency met by completion of PSY 5020
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Each candidate will earn a score on the Praxis Series School Psychologist Examination that equals or exceeds the score required for licensure, by the NC Department of Public Instruction, as a School Psychologist
  • Product of Learning: Not required