Academic Research Master's Program
Academic Research Master's Program
The Academic Research Master's Program is a unique program in that current Humboldt State University students are able to apply to the "5th Year" program in their junior year. Coursework then typically begins in a student's senior year and can be completed in a single year after completion of the B.A. degree. Another option is to apply to the Academic Research Master's Program as a graduate student. Either option offers a Master's degree with a focus of study in one of three Options: Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, and Social and Environmental Psychology. Prerequisites required to be completed prior to admission include: PSYC 104; PSYC 241; PSYC 242.
Biological Psychology is the study of the physiological bases of behavior, particularly how the brain affects behavior. This option provides an extensive background in biological bases of behavior and numberous research opportunities. This option prepares students for application to Ph.D. programs in the field of biological psychology and neuroscience. For this option, additional prerequisites to be completed prior to admission include: BIOL 105; CHEM 107 or equivalent; PSYC 321; PSYC 325. For additional program courseswork information, please see the Biological Psychology Option document above. Faculty affiliated with this research include Dr. Ethan Gahtan and Dr. Carrie Aigner.
Developmental Psychopathology is the study of the psychological problems in the context of human development. This option provides students with a background in understanding both normal and atypical development. Emphasis on normal development milestones in conjunction with a focus on emotional and behavioral challenges prepares students to work with a variety of children and families. This option also prepares studens for application to Ph.D. programs. For this option, additional prerequisites to be completed prior to admission include: PSYC 311; PSYC 418 or CD 464; PSYC 438. For additional program courseswork information, please see the Developmental Psychopathology Option document above. Faculty affiliated with this research include Dr. Tasha Howe, Dr. Maria Iturbide, and Dr. William Reynolds.
Social and Environmental Psychology is concerned both with psychological effects of the physical environment and with effects of human action on the environment. The Social and Environmental Psychology Option provides students with the academic background in psychology necessary to both understand and positively affect others on issues related to the environment. Coursework exposes students to a variety of perspectives and views on the environment and methodological skills necessary to conduct research in this area. This option prepares students to seek employment in organizations concerned with the environment, or to pursue Ph.D. study. For this option, additional prerequisites to be completed prior to admission include: PSYC 302; PSYC 335. For additional program courseswork information, please see the Social and Environmental Psychology Option document above. Faculty affiliated with this research include Dr. Chris Aberson, Dr. Amber Gaffney, Dr. Gregg Gold, and Dr. Mari Sanchez.
Core Requirements for the Degree (All Options)
- PSYC 641 Research Methods I (completion in Senior Year)
- PSYC 642 Research Methods II (completion in Senior Year)
- 30 uppper division or graduate units in Psychology or supporting courses as defined by the selected Option (completion in 5th Year or 1st year post BA)
- PSYC 341 Intermediate Statistics
- PSYC 647 Academic Research Proseminar
- PSYC 680 Selected Topics
- PSYC 685 Faculty Research Seminar
- PYSC 690 Thesis
- Elective courses relative to selected Option
- Completion of either a Thesis or Project as a culminating experience
A minimum GPA of 3.25 in psychology coursework is required.
All applicants must submit a 2-3 page double-spaced statement of purpose addressing their background, research interests in psychology, preparation, career goals, and how they relate to the proposed area of study.
All applicants must identify a faculty member willing to serve as their research supervisor.