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  Sep 25, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Psychology, M.A.


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The degree of Master of Arts in Psychology is designed to prepare students for employment in a related field and/or to continue their graduate studies at the doctoral level. The School  of Psychology offers a terminal Master of Arts degree in psychology with students choosing one of two tracks: General Experimental Psychology or Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  Students in both programs attend on a full-time basis.

Students admitted into either area of concentration must maintain a semester grade point average of 3.000 or higher to remain in good standing. The degree of Master of Arts in Psychology will be awarded only to candidates who have completed all coursework and attained a GPA of 3.000 or higher, and demonstrated a reading knowledge of a foreign language or demonstrated a proficiency in a computer language (PSYC 520  and PSYC 521 ) and, have both successfully defended their thesis and demonstrated their knowledge of the general field of psychology during their oral exam. The oral exam is to be administered in the spring semester of the second year. There is a 6-year time limit to complete all program requirements. If the thesis has not been defended after the second year of enrollment in the Master’s program, the student is expected to be enrolled in PSYC 790 , Continuous Major Research (3 credit hours) each Fall and Spring semester until the thesis is defended and deposited in the library or the student has reached the 6 year limit for the Master’s program.

Admission Requirements


In order to have your application reviewed by the department you need to have the following materials sent to the Department of Psychology by the February 1st annual deadline date for submission.

Go to http://www.xavier.edu/psychology-grad/io-admission.cfm or http://www.xavier.edu/psychology-grad/experimental-admission.cfm to reference the specific admission requirements.

Summary List of Admission Requirements for MA in Psychology


To be eligible for admission, applicants should submit the following items to the Department of Psychology before the February 1st deadline:

  1. A completed application form either by paper or on-line at https://www.xavier.edu/apply/grad/.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application fee.
  3. One copy of all official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended. A minimum 3.000 overall undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.000 average in all Psychology courses.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. Resume or vita.
  6. A written personal statement (2-3 pages) which gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to the department and give reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, and plans after completion of studies.
  7. GRE scores: General Knowledge (verbal, quantitative and analytical) area is required. Psychology Subject Test required for those without psychology as their undergraduate major or minor.
  8. A completed Application for Financial Assistance form for possible financial aid, if interested.
  9. Any other information that might aid in the selection process.

A minimum of 18 semester undergraduate hours in psychology is required which must include general psychology, psychology statistics, psychology research methods class with laboratory component, and a psychology tests and measurements course. Courses in developmental psychology are helpful. Courses in biological science and college mathematics are also recommended as a preparation for graduate studies. An undergraduate course in industrial-organizational psychology is necessary for students pursuing the industrial/-organizational concentration. Personality and character traits which are in agreement with ethical standards of psychology are necessary. At times, a personal interview may be required by the Admissions Committee of the Department of Psychology. The prospective student will be notified by the Department and arrangements will be made at that time. Any other questions regarding the program should be directed to the Department of Psychology Assistant Director for Enrollment and Student Services at 513 745-1053.

Grading Policy


Grades are based on a student’s performance meeting the standards established and communicated in writing by the professor of the course.  A semester grade point average of 3.000 or higher is required for a student to remain in good standing.  Any student whose semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) GPA falls below 3.000 or who earns a grade of “C (includes C+ or C)” or “F” in any 2 credit hour course will be placed on “WARNING” by the Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education and remains on WARNING throughout the remainder of the program.  Once on warning, any student whose semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) GPA falls below a 3.000 may be dismissed.  In addition, once on warning, any student who earns a grade of “C” or “F” in any course is subject to dismissal.  A student who earns a grade of “C” or lower in 4 hours or more of course credit in one semester may be subject to dismissal immediately.  The following interpretation of letter grades is used by the department A=excellent, B=good, C=minimal, and F=failure.  Faculty may use a +/- system in grading.  Students receiving a “C” in a course may be required to retake the course or do additional work to satisfy specific deficiencies.  This will be determined by the professor of the course and will be discussed with the student and his/her advisor.  The student may be required to register for a one hour tutorial (PSYC 900 ) to complete the necessary remedial work, for which he/she must earn a grade of pass to fulfill the requirements for the additional work.  The work must be completed by the student during the following academic semester.  Students receiving an “F” in a course are required to retake the course.  A cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher is required for graduation.  An A=4 points, a B=3 points and a C=2 points.  Pluses and minuses alter the merit points by .3.

Requirements for M.A. in Psychology: General Experimental Psychology track


The general experimental track in Xavier’s master’s degree program embraces a 45-credit hour requirement extending over two full-time academic years.

Three themes run through the General Experimental program and are reflected below:


2. Research


Other core courses reflect the importance of a research foundation in psychology (15 credit hours).

  • PSYC 511 - Advanced Statistics I
  • PSYC 512 - Advanced Statistics II
  • PSYC 520 - Computer Statistics Language I
  • PSYC 521 - Computer Stats Language II
  • PSYC 621 - Adv Research Design & Analysis
  • PSYC 699 - Master’s Thesis  (6 credit hours)

1. General Psychology


Four core courses that help assure basic knowledge within the general field of psychology (12 credit hours).

  • PSYC 504 - Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 506 - Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYC 609 - Learning & Cognition or PSYC 509 - Cognitive Aspects of Behavior
  • PSYC 502 - History & Philosophical Issues

3. General Experimental Concentration


(18 credit hours)

  • PSYC 590 - Internship: Gen Exper Psycholo
  • 12 credit hours of related elective courses to fit student’s professional interests.

Internship


The six-credit hour required internship involves a minimum of 240 hours of supervised work experience in a setting appropriate to the student’s interests. It is often completed over two semesters and may be performed either in a single location or at two different sites. The internship must be approved by the Department Chair and the student receives a grade for each of the two semesters of supervised work.

Thesis


The required thesis carries 6 credit hours and takes the form of an empirical research study. Under the supervision of an advisor, the student develops a thesis proposal and presents this to a three member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested psychologists from the Cincinnati community. Upon completion, the student presents the thesis to the same committee. A single final grade is assigned to the thesis.

Language Requirement


Students in both tracks of the master’s degree program must demonstrate proficiency in a computer language, typically gained through the courses PSYC 520  and PSYC 521 .

Requirements for M.A. in Psychology: Industrial-Organizational Psychology track


The industrial-organizational concentration requires 43 credit hours and a full-time commitment over two academic years.

Three themes run through the I-O psychology program and are reflected in the typical two-year schedule of classes in the program.


1. General Psychology (3 credit Hours)


Three areas of psychology, integrated into a proseminar course, help assure basic knowledge within the general field of psychology. These three areas are theories of personality, advanced social psychology and learning and cognition. This course is PSYC 579 - ProSem: Applied I/O Psychology.

2. Research (15 credit hours)


Other core courses reflect the importance of a research foundation in psychology. These courses are:

  • PSYC 511 - Advanced Statistics I
  • PSYC 512 - Advanced Statistics II
  • PSYC 520 - Computer Statistics Language I
  • PSYC 521 - Computer Stats Language II
  • PSYC 621 - Adv Research Design & Analysis
  • PSYC 699 - Master’s Thesis  (6 hours)

3. Industrial-Organizational Psychology (25 credit hours)


A larger group of courses directly serve student interests in I-O Psychology. For first year students, 10 hours of I-O psychology courses are incorporated. For second year students, these courses include 15 credit hours. Overall, these courses consist of:

  • PSYC 522 - Personnel Psychology
  • PSYC 593 - Internship in I-O Psychology
  • PSYC 641 - Assess Tech in Indust-Org Psyc
  • PSYC 643 - Sem: Industrial - Org Psyc
  • PSYC 644 - Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 645 - Train & Devel in Organizations
  • PSYC 660 - Performance Appraisal

Note(s):


The I-O psychology curriculum reflects the areas of competence to be developed in master’s level I-O psychology courses, as identified in Guidelines for Education and Training at the Master’s Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 1994, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). The curriculum is structured in such a way that later courses build on the content disseminated in earlier courses.

Internship


The three-credit hour internship comprises 120 clock hours of supervised work in an appropriate field setting. This work may take the form of a project arranged with an employer that allows the student full responsibility for designing and carrying out the project, or the practicum may bring the student into an ongoing activity within an organization, such as employment interviewing or testing. The student receives a final grade for the practicum.

Thesis


The thesis carries six credit hours and takes the form of an empirical research study. Under the supervision of an advisor, the student develops a thesis proposal and presents this to a three-member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested psychologists from the Cincinnati community. Upon completion, the student presents the thesis to the same committee. A single final grade is assigned to the thesis.

Language Requirement


Students in both tracks of the master’s degree program must demonstrate proficiency in a computer language, typically gained through the courses PSYC 520  and PSYC 521 , Computer Statistical Language I and II.

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