Department of Psychology

Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes for the M.A. in Psychology


Program Outcomes (PO)

  • PO 1: Students will receive a high quality education in the diverse discipline of Psychology, and learn the skills in communication and critical thinking expected of an individual with graduate-level scientific training. American Psychological Association curriculum standards and guidelines are closely followed, along with professional licensing and relevant (e.g., LCAS and BCBA) specializations and certifications. Graduates must complete and defend an empirical thesis.

  • PO 2: Students are exposed to high-level applied, active learning experiences in psychology involving research and clinical practice. This exposure is established through internships, practicum placements, research practicum, thesis and oral defense, as well as expected participation in scientific meetings and publication.

  • PO 3: Graduates are prepared to assume careers in clinical psychology and/or to pursue doctoral training in psychology or related professions/academic disciplines. Data are collected each year as part of program annual report submitted to the Graduate School. Surveys are sent to recent graduates to track their progress in their career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  • SLO 1: Critical thinking and analysis of psychology concepts and literature. The core courses (PSY 510, 517, 520, 556 and 565) all assess critical thinking and demonstrated analysis of psychology concepts and literature. In addition, the Master's thesis and oral defense are evaluated with respect to demonstrated ability to critically analyze psychology concepts and literature.

  • SLO 2: Effective communication of psychological concepts and research in the style of the American Psychological Association. APA style if followed in all courses taught in the program. In PSY 555, the description of quantitative analysis using APA format is taught. The Master's thesis and oral defense are evaluated with respect to the style of communication followed by the American Psychological Association.

  • SLO 3: Presentation and interpretation of quantitative data in psychological research. These skills are taught and assessed in PSY 555, PSY 515, PSY 589, and in the Master's thesis and oral defense.

  • SLO 4: Demonstrate the technical skills and ethical decisions that are appropriate for the student's particular concentration. These skills are taught and assessed in a large number of courses (e.g., PSY 552, PSY 518, PSY 550, PSY 589) in addition to practica (PSY 594, PSY 596), internship (PSY 597, PSY 598), and Master's thesis.

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