The master’s candidate may choose a thesis topic in any of these areas of specialization: behavioral analysis, biopsychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, history of psychology, neuroscience or social psychology. As a master of science candidate in psychology, students will work closely with a primary faculty adviser who has expertise in the chosen field of experimental psychology. The program is designed such that during the first year the student should be able to complete the required course work and prepare a thesis proposal; during the second year the student should be able to complete the remaining course credits and the data-based thesis. A thesis defense, open to members of the university community, is the capstone project for the MS degree.
The degree requirements for the MS in psychology are a minimum of 32 graduate-level course credits, which must include (a) successful completion of the two core courses in advanced research methods and experimental design, PY 505 and PY 506, for a total of 8 credits, (b) successful completion (and defense) of the master’s thesis, PY 599, for a total of 4 credits and (c) a minimum of 12 credits of course work, in addition to the thesis, at the 500 level (3 courses).
Applications for admission to the MS program in psychology at NMU, on either a full- or part-time basis, will be accepted from students holding a BA or BS degree preferably in psychology, or an appropriate equivalent. Candidates with other majors will be considered but may be required to complete certain undergraduate course work in psychology prior to being advanced to candidacy for the MS degree. Candidates must submit an authorized transcript of their BA- or BS-level work, a formal letter of application outlining goals and expectations, and at least three letters of reference from individuals who know the candidate personally. GRE exam scores, from both the general and the psychology sections, are recommended but optional.
The graduate admissions committee of the Psychology Department will review all applications and will consult with potential thesis supervisors of suitable candidates. Dossiers are evaluated in their entirety. The committee will offer full or conditional admission to the MS degree program, depending upon the candidate’s comparative strengths and weaknesses, to a limited number of acceptable applicants each year.
Students pursuing a graduate certificate will be admitted to Northern Michigan University as a non-degree level student. Students pursing a master of science degree will design, in consultation with his/her adviser and the director of graduate study, a plan of study consisting of a minimum 40 credit hours. Requirements for the graduate degree program include: completion of at least 40 semester hours of approved graduate credit with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, a minimum of 28 credits taken in 500-level courses open only to graduate students, and admission to candidacy to the graduate degree.
To qualify for regular admission, students must complete PY 100 Introductory Psychology or the equivalent, and PY 305 Psychological Statistics or MA 171 Introduction to Probability and Statistics or their equivalent and they must meet all of the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education. Applicants who do not meet regular admission criteria may apply for conditional admission, as defined by the Office of Graduate Education.