2019-2020 Catalog

Psychology M.A.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  3. Prior course work in research methods and statistics, PLUS in at least three of the following areas: cognitive/physiological psychology (includes cognition, neuroscience, related courses), developmental psychology, learning, personality theory, and social psychology. Minimum 75th percentile score on the GRE Psychology subject test may be substituted for the three additional courses. An official report of the GRE Psychology subject test scores must be submitted if choosing this option.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work.
  5. An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  6. Statement of professional goals including how the program will prepare the candidate for these goals.
  7. Three letters of recommendation that address potential to succeed in a graduate program. Must include at least one letter from a psychology professor or from a professional within psychology or related field.
  8. A plan of study approved by the advisor and appropriate dean.
  9. An interview may be required.

B.A./M.A. in Psychology Admission Option:
Undergraduate students matriculated at Rhode Island College can apply for conditional admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program after completing 60 undergraduate credits. Students conditionally admitted to the M.A. program begin taking graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits. If the student remains in good standing and continues to meet admission requirements upon completion of the undergraduate degree, they are changed to full admission to the M.A. program. Application requirements remain the same as above with the following exceptions: The GRE General Exam will be waived for B.A./M.A. applications if the applicant has a 3.0 GPA overall, and grades of B or higher in all courses required for admission to the M.A. program. Students under the BA/MA admissions plan must complete the coursework required for admission and the 47x lab requirement prior to starting graduate level coursework. B.A./M.A. students may count up to 9 graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree.

Course Requirements


PSYC 500Research Design and Analysis I


PSYC 501Research Design and Analysis II


PSYC 505Pro Seminar


PSYC 538Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development


Spring (even years).
PSYC 549Cognition


Fall (even years).
PSYC 556Seminar in Personality Theory


Fall (odd years).
PSYC 558Seminar in Social Psychology


Spring (odd years).
PSYC 599Master's Thesis


As needed.

Note: PSYC 599: Must be taken for a total of 6 credits.

Note: PSYC 500, PSYC 501: These courses must be completed within the first three semesters

THREE ADDITIONAL CREDITS at the 400- and 500-level, with consent of advisor.

Courses from other departments may be considered.

Total Credit Hours: 30