Psychology Master of Science
The Master of Science in Psychology provides advanced, concentrated study for students wishing to prepare for additional graduate study, employment in a clinical or research setting, teaching at the community college level, or preparing for licensure.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master’s Degree program in Psychology must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies. Applications submitted before April 15 will be given priority. Later applications will be considered. Application materials include:
- A letter of application, which includes a personal statement of the applicant’s career goals and how the degree will be applied within those career goals.
- Complete, official transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants should indicate, on a separate sheet overall GPA for undergraduate and graduate courses, GPA in all psychology courses, and GPA for the last two years of coursework.
- Official notification of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, Montana State University Billings). Note: For applicants with a 3.0 undergraduate and graduate GPA or higher, GRE admissions test scores are waived as a requirement.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic performance and potential for graduate study.
- A vita or resume.
The Department of Psychology uses a two-stage approach to determine admission of a limited number of entrants to degree candidacy in the Master’s Degree program. First, the committee uses the letter of application, resume, and letters of recommendation to determine the appropriateness of the applicant’s academic background as well as the compatibility of the candidate’s educational and career goals within the scope of the program. Next, if the academic background and career goals of the applicant are suitable to the program, the GRE scores and GPA are used to determine admission.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a Master’s Degree in Psychology should be able to:
- Understand the scientific process especially the design of research questions, collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
- Demonstrate competency in collecting and analyzing data in a major research project.
- Prepare and present effective professional publications and conference reports.
- Work effectively in a research, mental health, or other professional psychology setting.
- Think critically, write and speak clearly on advanced psychological topics.
|PSYC 505||Clinical Research Methods||3|
|PSYC 510||Adv Social Psychology||3|
|PSYC 520||Human Neuropsychology||3|
|PSYC 525||Psyc Assmnt of Cgntv Abilities||3|
|PSYC 535||Techniques of Psychotherapy||3|
|PSYC 540||Theories of Psychotherapy||3|
|PSYC 545||Stress and Health||3|
|PSYC 591||Independent Study||3|
|STAT 541||Applied Statistics||3|
|Total Minimum Credits||42|
Once admitted to degree candidacy, each student will meet with an advisor and complete a program plan. Each plan will include at least 42 hours of classroom credit and the completion of either a thesis or a clinical internship. In addition, those students who have written a thesis will be required to defend the thesis orally before the graduate faculty. Students choosing to complete a clinical internship will be required to sit for an oral examination before the Psychology Graduate Committee. No course in which a candidate received lower than a “C” may be applied towards graduation and only 3 semester hours of coursework in which a “C” was earned may be applied.