Humboldt State University

Department of Psychology

Academic Research Master's Program

The Academic Research program offers a two year Master's degree program with a focus of study in one of three Options: Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, and Social and Environmental Psychology. Please see the blended program page for information on our program for current students to begin taking graduate courses in their senior year of their undergraduate degree. 

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 in psychology coursework is required.
  • All applicants must submit a 500-750 word statement of purpose addressing their background, research interests in psychology, preparation, career goals, and how they relate to the proposed area of study. Paste into the statement of purpose field in CalState Apply. 
  • All applicants must identify a faculty member willing to serve as their research supervisor. Enter their name into your CalState Apply application, below your statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation, through CalState Apply
  • Academic Research Prerequisite Verification FormPlease send this to graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu.
  • Prerequisites required to be completed prior to admission include: PSYC 104; PSYC 241; PSYC 242.
  • Biological Psychology: BIOL 105, CHEM 107, PSYC 321, and PSYC 325.
  • Social/Environmental: PSYC 302 and PSYC 335.
  • Developmental Psychopathology: PSYC 311 or CD 350, PSYC 438, and CD 464 or PSYC 418.

 

Core Requirements for the Degree (All Options)

  • PSYC 641     Research Methods I (completion in Senior Year if in the blended program)
  • PSYC 642     Research Methods II (completion in Senior Year if in the blended program)
  • PSYC 578     Analysis of Variance or

  • PSYC 588     Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 647     Academic Research Proseminar
  • PYSC 690     Thesis each semester (It is advised that student enroll in 1 unit per semester in their first year and 2 units per semester in their 2nd year)

 

  • Elective courses relative to selected specialization
  • Completion of either a Thesis or Project as a culminating experience

 

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. Faculty affiliated with this research include Dr. Ethan Gahtan and Dr. Amanda Hahn.

Program Requirements

  • PSYC 572     Advanced Psychopharmacology

At least one of the following:

  • PSYC 433     Stress and Wellness          
  • PSYC 476     Biofeedback             
  • PSYC 472     Topics in Biopsychology

Three elective courses, at least two selected from the following:

  • PSYC 578     Analysis of Variance
  • PSYC 588     Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 625     Advanced Psychobiology
  • PSYC 684     Graduate Teaching Internship
  • PSYC 680     Selected Topics

Courses in Biology, Chemistry or Zoology (as approved by the AR Graduate Committee)

 

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. 

Program Requirements

  • PSYC 518     Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSYC 638     Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSYC 668     Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

At least one of the following:

  • PSYC 412     Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood     
  • PSYC 414     Psychology of Adolescence and Young Adulthood                

Two elective courses, at least one selected from the following:

  • PSYC 578     Analysis of Variance
  • PSYC 588     Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 632     Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 684     Graduate Teaching Internship
  • PSYC 680     Selected Topics

Courses in Child Development, Sociology or Social Work (as approved by the AR Graduate Committee)

 

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.

Program Requirements

  • PSYC 405     Environmental Psychology

At least two of the following:

  • PSYC 578     Analysis of Variance
  • PSYC 588     Regression/Multivariate Topics
  • PSYC 635     Advanced Social Psychology                   
  • PSYC 684     Graduate Teaching Internship
  • PSYC 680     Selected Topics

At least two upper division undergraduate courses from the departments listed below (as approved by the AR Graduate Committee):

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry
  • Political Science
  • Oceanography
  • Sociology

 

How to apply

All applicants apply to the university through CalState Apply. Applications open October 1st. The deadline to apply and provide all supplemental materials is February 1st. All applications received by this date will receive full consideration, and initial admission decisions are made by April 1st

Supplemental Application Materials

Send forms to graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu

Developmental Prerequisite Verification Form 

Biological Verification Form

Social/Environmental Prerequisite Verification Form
 

 

Contact Us

Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Chris Aberson
chris.aberson@humboldt.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator

Cortney Koors
707.826.5264
cortney@humboldt.edu