Department of Psychology

Course Requirements for the Masters of Arts at UNCW

The following core courses are required of all students seeking a MA in Psychology:

1. Research Methods (9 hours required of all students).

  • PSY 555 Psychological Research Methods I (4 credit hr)
  • PSY 579 Advanced Research Practicum (1 hr)
  • PSY 580 Advanced Research Practicum (1 hr)
  • PSY 589 Psychological Research Methods II (3 hr)
  • or
  • PSY 515 Small-n Research Design (required of ABA students) (3 hr)

2. Required Courses (4 of the following):

  • PSY 510 Cognitive Psychology (3 hr)
  • PSY 517 Learning and Behavior Analysis (required of ABA students) (3 hr)
  • PSY 520 Developmental Psychology (required of ABA students) (3 hr)
  • PSY 556 Advanced Physiological Psychology (required of ABA & SATP students) (3 hr)
  • PSY 565 Personality and Social Psychology (3 hr)

3. PSY 599 Thesis research (6 hr; to be taken over at least two semesters).

Additional Requirements for the Specific Concentrations

ABA Concentration (53 credit hours)

  • PSY 518 Applied Behavior Analysis: Behavior Reduction (3 hr)
  • PSY 519 Conceptual Issues in Behavior Analysis (3 hr)
  • PSY 521 Applied Behavior Analysis: Skill Acquisition (3 hr)
  • PSY 522 Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (to be taken at least 3 times) (1 hr)
  • PSY 547 Advanced Psychopathology (3 hr)
  • PSY 550 Advanced Psychotherapy (3 hr)
  • PSY 552 Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health (3 hr)
  • PSY 596 Clinical Psychology Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (2 hr)
  • PSY 597 Internship in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis (3 hr)

Psychological Science (33 credit hours)

  • One PSY 595 Seminar (3 hr)
  • One graduate-level elective course (3 hr), approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

SATP Concentration (55 credit hours)

  • PSY 525 Psychological Assessment I (3 hr)
  • PSY 526 Psychological Assessment II (3 hr)
  • PSY 545 Chemical Dependency (3 hr)
  • PSY 547 Advanced Psychopathology (3 hr)
  • PSY 549 Basic Interviewing Skills (2 hr)
  • PSY 550 Advanced Psychotherapy (3 hr)
  • PSY 551 Intervention Strategies in Drug & Alcohol Problems (3 hr)
  • PSY 552 Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health (3 hr)
  • PSY 594 Clinical Psychology Practicum (2 hr)
  • PSY 598 Internship (3 hr)

Refer to the Graduate Catalogue for additional information on degree requirements. 

For additional information, please call or write to us at:

Dr. Christine Hughes
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Psychology
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5612
Phone 910-962-7795 Email hughesc@uncw.edu