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MS Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology

Students seeking acceptance into the graduate degree programs for Master of Science in Psychology, regardless of concentration, must first be admitted to the Graduate School of the University. This occurs by meeting the following requirements:

1) Submission of a "Graduate Admission to Graduate Study" form online at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions.

2) Submission of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3) Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

4)  A grade point average of not less than 3.0 overall, or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours.

5) Course prerequisites: A minimum of 15 semester hours of background courses in undergraduate psychology (not including introductory psychology), or the content of those courses completed via course equivalents as determined by core program faculty. This must include work in statistics or psychological testing, descriptive and/or experimental research methods, human development, learning theory (or a cognitive or educational psychology course equivalent to a learning theory course), and abnormal psychology.  It is not uncommon that some prerequisite course work is missing for applicants; certain aspects may be met concurrently with the MS in Psychology program.

6) Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can comment on the applicant’s potential for completing   advanced graduate studies. Additional letters (e.g., from friends or family members), which address issues you believe relevant may also be submitted, but the application is not complete without the three letters from professionals that provide the information requested in the form.

7) A statement of purpose or letter of intent.

8) International Students must have a satisfactory English proficiency test score submitted as part of their application to be admitted into the program and before they will be allowed to take classes. The following English proficiency tests will be accepted so long as the listed minimum test score (or higher) is obtained: 1)TOEFL = 567, 2) TOEFL iBT = 86, 3) TOEFL CBT = 227, or 4) IELTS = 6.5

Application Deadline:  Although applications are accepted year-round, in order to offer applicants an assurance that an admissions decision and enrollment may begin on the desired schedule, applications should meet specified deadlines. Applications should be completed by February 1 to assure that a program of study may begin during the fall or summer semester, and October 1st for a program of study which begins during the spring semester. Materials arriving after those dates will be given due consideration, but an admissions decision may not be completed in time for enrollment during the desired semester.

Master of Science in Psychology

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Science in Psychology program requires 15 credit hours of core curriculum, with an additional 15 credit hours in an area of concentration: school psychology, experimental psychology, or educational psychology. 

Core Curriculum

PY 836 School-Based Prevention / Intervention Mental Health

OR

PY827 Seminar in Psychopathology   

Hours

3 Hours


PY812 Foundations of Assessment in Special Education / Student Support

OR

ER857 Statistics Methods for Education & Psychology II     

3 Hours


PY722 Theories of Learning

OR

PY750  Advanced Educational Psychology

3 Hours


ER851 Research Design & Writing

OR

PY760 Practical Research Methods & Analysis for School & Applied Psychologists       

3 Hours


PY811 Seminar in Human Growth and Development

3 Hours


Coursework in Area of Concentration

15 Hours

Total Hours

30 Hours

Concentrations

School Psychology

Students will complete 15 hours of the core curriculum and an additional 15 hours of required courses, for a total of 30 credit hours. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply for the EdS in School Psychology program.  Completion of the EdS program is necessary to earn a School Psychology license in the state of Kansas.  Only students seeking licensure as a school psychologist should apply for and complete the School Psychology concentration.

Required courses Hours

Core Curriculum                                            15

PY835 Seminar in School Psychology          3

PY841 Assessment of Intelligence                3

PY860 Leading Processes to Meet

Diverse Student/Needs                                  3                      

SD 700 Characteristics of High

Incidence Disabilities                                    3

PY714  Assessing Young Children with

Special Needs                                                3

TOTAL HOURS                                              30

Experimental Psychology

Students will complete 15 credit hours of the core curriculum in addition to the following, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Required Courses                                         Hours

Core Curriculum                                            15

PY 839  Internship                                         3

PY 800  Thesis                                              3

ELECTIVES: advisor approved                    9

TOTAL HOURS                                              30

Educational Psychology

Students will complete 15 credit hours of the core curriculum in addition to the following, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Required Courses                                         Hours

Core Curriculum                                            15

PY 839  Internship                                         3

PY 800  Thesis                                              3

ELECTIVES: advisor approved                    9

TOTAL HOURS                                              30

MS in Psychology Program Completion Requirements:

Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all course work.

A degree program must be completed and approved before the second term of enrollment.

The student must apply for degree candidacy after completing between 6 and 15 hours of course work. A student must be a degree candidate before enrolling in thesis or internship.

School Psychology Concentration: A Portfolio Assessment must be successfully completed and submitted prior to earning the MS degree.

Educational and Experimental Concentrations:  A thesis committee consisting of two faculty members from the student's field and one member outside the field will need to be selected. Students are required to take an oral examination over their thesis area and research. 


Phone

620-341-5317

Physical Address

Department of Psychology
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 327

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4031
Emporia, KS 66801