Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

Master of Arts in Psychology


The Master of Arts degree in Psychology (MAP) program, a non-clinical, non-licensure track program, is designed to cover all aspects of the psychology profession by emphasizing theory, research, and practice and to give students the broadest range of education and experience to expand their occupational and academic opportunities.

Students are equipped to pursue a career in the areas of industrial and organizational psychology, developmental psychology, or general psychology. This 36-credit program may also serve as a stepping-stone into various doctoral degrees.

Students examine, evaluate, and apply psychological principles and methods in a variety of settings. Each emphasis allows the student to focus on understanding and performing research pertinent to his or her area of study along with practical applications for prevention, intervention, and transformation. Whether the student seeks to impact lives through improving the learning of a child, empowering people to enhance relationships, or transforming the culture of a business, this dual focus gives the student the opportunity to stand out among others in their field of interest, increasing their marketability for jobs and future education.

The material within psychology courses can be sensitive in nature. You may read, study, watch, and discuss potentially disturbing topics. Some of the materials may result in difficulties for you. Some courses in the program require self-examination and/or public discussion regarding sexual history; history of abuse and neglect; psychological treatment; and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others. Please consult your instructor or an appropriate treatment provider should you have concerns or experience any difficulties.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for the M.A. in Psychology

Graduates of the Master of Arts degree in Psychology program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Integrate God’s Word within the profession of psychology.
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication.
  • PLO 3: Evaluate key personal and professional ethics affecting psychology professionals.
  • PLO 4: Evaluate statistical analysis and data management.
  • PLO 5: Examine cultural and diversity issues within the field of psychology.
  • PLO 6: Apply theories, skills, and knowledge within the field of psychology.

Requirements for the M.A. in Psychology

Preparation for the Degree

STAT 280 with a grade of C- or higher, or its equivalent is a requisite for the major, specifically a prerequisite for PSYC 670.  STAT 280 does not count toward graduate degree totals.


This program features 12 classes at three credits each, which total 36 credits. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate student typically takes one course at a time completing two classes each semester. The major core component is 18 credits in length, while the second component consists of 18 credits of a chosen emphasis.

Requirement Title Credits
Major Core Requirements18
Total Credits36

Major Core Requirements

In order to earn the Master of Arts degree in Psychology, graduate students must complete the following required core courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0:

Requirement Title Credits
PSYC 510Tests and Assessment3
PSYC 520Social and Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 550Professional and Ethical Issues3
PSYC 670Research and Evaluation Methods3
PSYC 680Literature Review Advanced Topic3
PSYC 690Graduate Psychology Culminating Experience3
Total Credits18


M.A. in Psychology students have the opportunity to select from one of the following three emphases:


Students with a general emphasis examine, evaluate, and apply psychological principles and methods in a variety of settings through psychoeducational training, intervention strategies, research, human service management, etc. These professionals are able to pursue careers in mental health agencies, correctional facilities, or schools; or the degree may be used in the pursuit of doctoral-level education.

Requirement Title Credits
ORGS 610Organizational Behavior and Development3
or PSYC 600 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSYC 540Personality3
or PSYC 560 Group Work
PSYC 640Applied Lifespan Development3
or PSYC 650 Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions
Select one of the following:3
Motivational Psychology in Organizations
Personnel Selection, Training, and Development
Behavioral Assessment, Modification, and Management
Cognitive Development, Issues, and Interventions
ElectivesSelect six credits of graduate PSYC courses.6
Total Credits18
Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Students emphasizing in industrial and organizational psychology examine, evaluate, and apply theories and methods in workplace settings through continuous improvement strategies, positive performance interventions, motivational principles, and values-based approaches in the organization. Graduates build careers within the business sector in areas such as human resources, training, marketing, organizational development, and organizational behavior.

These professionals will be able to pursue careers as corporate researchers, consultants, or trainers; or the degree may be used in the pursuit of doctoral-level education.

Requirement Title Credits
ORGS 610Organizational Behavior and Development3
PSYC 530Motivational Psychology in Organizations3
PSYC 560Group Work3
PSYC 590Personnel Selection, Training, and Development3
PSYC 600Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
ElectiveSelect three credits of graduate PSYC courses.3
Total Credits18
Developmental Psychology

Students emphasizing in developmental psychology address issues facing individuals from birth to death utilizing a foundation built on cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and theological approaches. Students focus on research, along with assessment, interventions, and application. This program prepares the graduate for careers in education, social services, mental health, or nonprofit organizations; or may be used in the pursuit of doctoral-level education.

Requirement Title Credits
PSYC 530Motivational Psychology in Organizations3
or PSYC 540 Personality
PSYC 620Behavioral Assessment, Modification, and Management3
PSYC 630Cognitive Development, Issues, and Interventions3
PSYC 640Applied Lifespan Development3
PSYC 650Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions3
ElectiveSelect three credits of graduate PSYC courses.3
Total Credits18