Psychology, MA

Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Vision Statement

The Master of Arts in Psychology is designed to give students a broad background in the field of psychology plus a sufficient degree of specialization to prepare them for either careers or further graduate training.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Joseph Brown, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 347J
402-554-2313
josephbrown@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January 5

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • A minimum of 15 undergraduate semester hours or the equivalent of psychology or related courses including: basic statistics and an upper level laboratory course, independent research, or equivalent, emphasizing the experimental method, data collection, statistical analysis, and report writing are required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • From professors and individuals who can speak to applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (preferred APA style)
  • Resume

Degree Requirements

Student must select an area of concentration.

Required Course

PSYC 8000THE PROFESSION OF PSYCHOLOGY0

Total is determined by which area of concentration is completed.

Other Requirements Needed for a Student to Complete the Program

Obtaining a score of at least 600 on the Advanced Psychology Test of the GRE. (NOTE: not required for the Applied Behavior Analysis, Neuroscience & Behavior, Developmental, Cognitive areas of concentration).

Total Credit Hours: 30-37

Concentrations

Cognitive Concentration: (Thesis Option 30 hours)

Required Cognitive Concentration Proseminar Courses
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PSYC 9020PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II3
PSYC 9070PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9210PROSEMINAR: PERCEPTION3
PSYC 9230PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Advanced Cognitive Courses
Select two of the following:6
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
PROSEMINAR LEARNING
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
TOPICAL SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY 1
PSYC 8990THESIS6
Total Credits30
1

PSYC 9910: (Cognitive topic) 

Exit Requirement

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Thesis
    • All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval of a thesis and final submission of the thesis. 

Industrial Organizational Concentration (Thesis Option 36 hours)

Required Industrial Organizational Concentration Proseminar Courses
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PSYC 9020PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II3
PSYC 9440PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Proseminar Required Course
Select one of the following:3
PROSEMINAR LEARNING
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR: PERCEPTION
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE
PROSEMINAR: EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
Breadth Requirement
Select one additional course from list provided by area3
Industrial Organizational Core Course
Select one of the following:3
INDUSTRIAL MOTIVATION & MORALE
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LEADERSHIP THEORIES AND RESEARCH
PROBLEM SOLVING & DECISION MAKING
Additional Required Industrial Organizational Courses
PSYC 9090THEORY OF MEASUREMENT AND DESIGN3
PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9660CRITERION DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL3
PSYC 9670PERSONNEL SELECTION3
PSYC 8990THESIS6
Total Credits36

Exit Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Thesis
    • All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval of a thesis and final submission of the thesis. 

Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration (Thesis Option 30 hours)

Required Neuroscience and Behavior Courses
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PSYC 9020PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II3
Group I Proseminar
Select one of the following:3
PROSEMINAR: PERCEPTION
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE
PROSEMINAR: EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR LEARNING
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Group II Proseminar
Select one of the following:3
PROSEMINAR: PERSONALITY
PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Breadth Requirement
Select one additional course from list provided by area.3
Neuroscience and Behavior Field-related Electives
To be determined in consultation with your graduate advisor; approved GBCA (UNMC) allowed, may be PSYC, BIOL, or NEUR 8— or 9—level courses except the following:6
THESIS
RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS
Neuroscience and Behavior Electives
To be determined in consultation with your graduate advisor; approved GBCA (UNMC) allowed, may be PSYC, BIOL, or NEUR 8— or 9—level courses except the following:3
PSYC 8990THESIS6
Total Credits30

Exit Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Thesis
    • All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval of a thesis and final submission of the thesis. 

Social/Personality Concentration (Thesis Option 30 hours)

Required Social/Personality Concentration Proseminar Courses
PSYC 9440PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9430PROSEMINAR: PERSONALITY3
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PSYC 9020PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II3
Breadth Requirement
Select one additional course from list provided by area.
Additional Required Social/Personality Concentration Course
PSYC 9550PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT3
Social/Personality Concentration Electives
(6 hours) to be determined in consultation with your graduate advisor any PSYC 8 ---- or 9 ---- level course.6
PSYC 8990THESIS6
Total Credits27

Social/Personality Exit Requirements

  • Thesis
    • All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval of a thesis and final submission of the thesis. 
  • Social/Personality MA Comps
    • Option 1- PSYC GRE
      • Proseminar requirement (3 non-stat prosems or 2 non-stat prosems and a waiver/substitution) with a grade of B- or better.
      • PSYC GRE score of 600 or better.
    •  Option 2- Research
      • Proseminar requirement (3 non-stat prosems or 2 non-stat prosems and a waiver/substitution) with a grade of B- or better.
      • Research requirement- one from the list below. All research must be conducted at UNO and be supervised by a faculty member from the social/personality psychology area.
        1. Co-author on a presentation or poster at an approved international or national level conference.
        2. First author on a presentation or poster at an approved regional level conference.
        3. Co-author on an accepted publication in a peer review journal.
      • We expect that the student will play a significant role in the research process for satisfaction of the comps requirement. If a co-author, the student must have contributed significantly and meaningfully to the paper or manuscript.
      • List of approved conferences (other conferences may be approved by request).
        1. International/National: APA, APS, SPSP, SPSSI, SESP, EASP.
        2. Regional: regional APA conference (e.g., MPA).
      • Student will submit an e-mail of request to the Social/Personality director and his/her advisor. Student letter must include citation (authors, title, and conference) and a letter or e-mail showing acceptance.
      • Social/Personality area faculty will review the request in case there are any concerns, or the conference is not on the approved list.
      • If approved, Social/Personality director will submit the comps completion form to the graduate office.

Developmental Concentration (31-37 hours)

Plan A (Thesis Option 31 hours)

Plan A is recommended for students who plan to pursue a PhD and/or who wish to complete an independent research project (the thesis).

This plan requires completion of a minimum of 31 credit hours, as listed below:

PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
PSYC 9020PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II3
PSYC 9650RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9960RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS 11
Developmental Concentration Courses
Select two of the following:6
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 2
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE 2
PROSEMINAR: PERSONALITY
PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Advanced Developmental Concentration Seminars
Select two of the following:6
SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH METHODS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
MEMORY AND MECHANISM OF DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 8990THESIS6
Total Credits31
1

PSYC 9960: (1-6 credit hours)

2
Note you must take either PSYC 9070 or PSYC 9230 as one of the options.

Plan B (Non-Thesis Option 37 hours)

Plan B is recommended for students who plan to work in an applied setting involving children and/or families and who do not plan to pursue a PhD. This plan requires completion of a minimum of 37 credit hours. In addition to required course work, students choose 3 elective courses (within or outside the Department of Psychology).

Instead of a thesis, students complete two applied practica (6 credit hours).

PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9650RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9960RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS 11
Statistics Course
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
or PSYC 9020 PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II
Developmental Concentration Proseminars
Select two of the following:6
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE
PROSEMINAR: PERSONALITY
PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Advanced Developmental Concentration Seminars
Select two of the following:6
SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH METHODS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
MEMORY AND MECHANISM OF DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Developmental Concentration Electives
Select three of the following:9
FAMILY ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING
PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
THEORY OF MEASUREMENT AND DESIGN
SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Additional Course
Select an additional course outside the department of Psychology (e.g., SOWK, SOC, SPED, GERO, CJUS, COUN, and PA).
PSYC 8980PRACTICUM IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 26
Total Credits37
1

PSYC 9960: (1-6 credit hours)

2

PSYC 8980: (6 credit hours) 

Exit Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Thesis
    • All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval of a thesis and final submission of the thesis. 

Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (Non-Thesis Option 36 hours)

Required Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration Proseminar Courses
PSYC 9040PROSEMINAR LEARNING3
PSYC 9230PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9010PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I3
or PSYC 9020 PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II
Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration Additional Courses
PSYC 8520FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT3
PSYC 8550PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS3
PSYC 8576BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND INTERVENTIONS3
PSYC 8700ETHICS AND LAW FOR PSYCHOLOGY AND APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS3
or COUN 8040 ETHICAL ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS
PSYC 9570APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS3
PSYC 9100SMALL N RESEARCH DESIGNS3
PSYC 9470PRACTICUM IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS6
Total Credits36

Exit Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination 

Special Performance Quality Rule

If at any time a grade of "C", (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in graduate courses become a matter of record, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology will be placed on probation. An unexcused grade of "W" in a proseminar course will be considered equivalent to a grade of "C" for purposes of this policy. An excused "W" must be approved by the chair of the department of psychology. Students placed on this probation will forfeit any departmental graduate assistantship they may have and any approved programs of study will be subject to re-evaluation and change. Before registering for additional courses, a student placed on probation must, with the assistance and approval of his/her advisor, submit a plan for remediation of his/her academic problems, and have that plan approved by the Graduate Program Committee. The Graduate Program Committee will review and, if appropriate, modify the plan. Further, any enrollment in graduate courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee. The student will remain on probation until the Graduate Program Committee approves termination of probation status.  If a student earns a second "C", the student will be dismissed from the program and the GPC will work to come up with a plan, and evaluate if it is possible for the student to return to the program at some point.