MAPS Tracks | Department of Psychology

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Masters of Arts in Psychological Science; Evidence Based; People Driven

Program Curriculum

As part of the coursework, all three tracks have a 6 credit Plan B Research Project in Psychology requirement. Students in the Clinical-Counseling track may choose to do a Plan C and complete six additional course credits instead of the research project. Students completing Plan B are expected to conduct an empirical research project or meta-analysis under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project must be designed and conducted by the individual student; the topic, however, may be based upon the research program of the faculty advisor.

Clinical-Counseling Curriculum
Experimental Curriculum
Industrial-Organizational Curriculum

Oral Exam

A final oral examination covering the Plan B project will be given at the end of the student’s academic program. The oral examination will be conducted by the student’s advising/examining committee. The examination will require the student to demonstrate an understanding of the theories, methods, and analyses employed in his or her research project.


The Director of the MAPS Program (DGS) will advise newly admitted students during their first semester in the program. Before mid-term of the second semester in which the student is enrolled in the program, the DGS will be responsible for assuring that all students select a faculty advisor and establish an examination committee.

Program Expectations

It is expected that students will complete the program in two years. For students in the CC Track, a course in the summer may be required. Students will be expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and must earn a grade of B or better for each course. Furthermore, students must not have more than 8 credits or two courses with an incomplete for longer than two semesters.