Master's Program Objectives



The Indiana State University Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) programs in general psychology are designed primarily for students who wish to continue study for a doctorate degree in psychology's many experimental fields. Consistent with this aim, the programs emphasize research in areas such as cognition, social psychology, and biopsychology. The Master of Science program, which requires a culminating scholarly experience but not a formal defense, may be appropriate for some students. However, students are encouraged to pursue the Master of Arts as the degree most likely to enhance their career options. Many students continue study in doctoral level programs. Others elect to seek master's level positions in research, business, or service industries.

In keeping with the program's objectives, the faculty approved the following six student learning outcomes that are assessed annually:

  • Outcome 1: Students will be able to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret data for a psychological research study.
  • Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate competence in the analysis and critique of scholarly work in their area of expertise in psychology.
  • Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to write an APA-style research paper.
  • Outcome 4: Students will evaluate and demonstrate understanding of main theories and/or issues in at least two areas of psychology.
  • Outcome 5: Students will present their research clearly and effectively to at least two audiences.
  • Outcome 6: Students will demonstrate the ethical principles of research in psychology.

Master's students are expected to engage in research every semester of their residency, including the first. Most students work closely with a particular faculty member who is engaged in research. Although masters' students can expect to take some courses with students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology, assessment courses and clinical practicum experiences are usually restricted to clinical students.

Department of Psychology