The master's program offers two different options to accommodate a variety of career paths: Thesis and Non-Thesis. There are two required courses in the master's program: Foundations of Humanistic Psychology (PSYC 6000) and Human Growth and Potential (PSYC 6010).
Foundations of Humanistic Psychology course explores and examines the historical, philosophical, and theoretical grounds for contemporary humanistic psychology
Human Growth and Potential addresses the importance of holism, mindfulness, and personal and intersubjective growth in an experiential context.
Other than these two courses, students can choose classes consistent with personal interests and goals.
Researching, writing and defending a thesis is a great deal of work for any student. Writing a thesis is strongly encouraged for those students who hope to continue on to a doctoral program. A Thesis demonstrates the ability to do significant and solid work. Writing a thesis is one of the best ways to prepare for writing a dissertation. You should become acquainted with areas of interest among the faculty and try to find someone who will be the “best fit” for your topic Faculty members may not be available every semester. The thesis tracks requires 33 hours of coursework plus a 3 hour Thesis preparation course. Up to 9 hours may be taken outside of the Psychology Department. Theses should conform to the guidelines in the Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Handbook. Students may also wish to review the Thesis and Dissertation FAQ. Both the Handbook and FAQ are also available in the department's main office, Melson 123.
Under this option students must complete a total of 45 hours of coursework. Up to 12 hours may be taken outside of the Psychology Department. However, appropriateness of the course should be considered thoroughly.
Thesis Track: 33 Hours of Coursework + 3 Hours Thesis course + Thesis & Defense
Non-Thesis Track: 45 Hours of Coursework
The student must demonstrate his or her ability to conduct exploratory research, design appropriate projects, and engage in creative reflection within the field of psychology. In addition, students must pass an oral comprehensive exam based on coursework and individual research or projects developed over the student's course of study. On the thesis track the defense will take the place of the comprehensive oral exam. In the Non-thesis track, a student must submit a written document as directed by his or her committee.
Human Services Practicum
This practicum will emphasize conceptually informed work with individuals and the community. The focus of this practicum is on prevention, mitigation, and amelioration and buffering of psychological struggle, the sources of struggles as problem, as opposed to a reactive (after-the-fact) approach.. In addition to experiential work “on-site,” students will meet weekly for group supervision with practicum instructors and student colleagues.
Please see the Department’s Graduation Information page.