The MA in Experimental Psychology is an option available for students enrolled in the Experimental Psychology, Ph.D. who choose to take the additional steps to obtain the master’s degree concurrent with the doctoral program in Experimental Psychology. Students seeking a terminal master’s degree are not admitted to the program; instead, students admitted to the doctoral program are automatically admitted to the master’s program, if they desire that degree.
The MA curriculum is designed to provide expertise in one area of Experimental Psychology, along with advanced knowledge of several additional areas within the field. The degree is awarded upon successful completion of course work, submission of an acceptable thesis, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive, oral examination.
Thirty credit hours, with at least 15 hours at the 700 level or above.
With the approval of their advisory committee, students may take one course from PHPH 752A, PHPH 752B, PHPH 752C, PHPH 752D, PHPH 752E, PHPH 752F, or PHPH 752G, instead of one of the courses from PSYC 702A, B, C, and D or PSYC 703A, B, C, and D.
Approved by the student’s advisory committee of which no more than 6 hours may be in:
A research thesis is required, beginning with approval of a prospectus by the thesis committee and culminating in a defense of the written thesis. An M.A. comprehensive oral examination may be combined with the thesis defense or be conducted separately. The sequence of events and more details concerning specific aspects are in the current Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology Student Handbook, which is posted on the Web.
Two Basic Methods Courses (6 hours)1
PSYC 709 3 hrs Basic Quantitative Methods I
PSYC 710 3 hrs Basic Quantitative Methods II
Breadth Course (3 hours)
Breadth courses are electives whose focus is outside the student’s primary area of study, but can be complementary to their research focus. This course should be selected in conjunction with the student’s advising committee and approved by the program director.
Core Area Courses (6 hours)
Specialized seminar courses necessary for the student’s curriculum and research goals. Typically, these are core courses within the Department of Psychology, however with approval of the advising committee and graduate program director survey courses from other departments can be substituted (e.g., PHPH, Public Health, School of Medicine, Statistics)
Electives (9-12 hours)
Additional training tailored to each student to enhance specialized training in the field. Elective courses can include seminars and laboratory work done as individual research credit hours (PSYC 889; maximum 9 hrs). Elective courses may be taught by any graduate program or professional school at the University of South Carolina, although typically a student will take at least some of his or her elective courses within the program. Your Advising Committee must approve all elective courses. You must submit an Approval of Elective Courses to your committee. The standard time to do so is during your yearly Advising Committee Evaluation meeting. Electives are tailored to each student to enhance specialized training in the field.
All students must take at least 3, but no more than 6 credit hours of PSYC 799 (Thesis Preparation) with their main advisor. The specific number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with the advising committee so as to ensure that, with the electives courses, the student meets the 30 credit hours requirement for the Masters degree.
The changes requested are intended to make the MA program requirements better aligned with the proposed requirements for the PhD. Because the MA in Experimental Psychology is an option available only for students enrolled in the Experimental Psychology, Ph.D. who choose to take the additional steps to obtain the master’s degree concurrent with the doctoral program, the MA requirements should overlap with and lead to the PhD requirements.
List core courses or just leave the paragraph and delete example courses. Designate what Thesis Prep hours are required. So, if Thesis Prep 6 hours then electives (presumably) electives would be 9 hours. Explain. If there is a non-thesis option, please explain that as well.
Minor revisions, clarity of information. No BOT, CHE, or SACSCOC notification required.
Update will appear in the 2021 Graduate Bulletin to be published 2.15.20.