C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y
B A K E R S F I E L D
Dorothy Donahoe Hall, D107
(661) 665-6955 (fax)
Program Coordinator: Steve Bacon
Dorothy Donahoe Hall, D109
|Faculty:||M. Allen, S. Bacon, D. Cohen,
J. Deegan, K. Hartlep, t. Ishida,
R. Noel, C. Raupp, B. Rienzi,
E. Sasaki, S. Suter, L. Vega
Psychology can be considered from
a variety of perspectives such as a natural or biological science, a behavioral
or social science, an applied or professional field, or a set of experiential or
humanistic concerns. The MA in Psychology is designed to 1) prepare students
seeking community college or high school social science teaching positions, 2)
offer professional enrichment to professionals already in the field, and 3)
provide appropriate research experience for students wishing to enter a doctoral
The Department of Psychology
offers an MA in Psychology, with three separate emphases. Each degree emphasis
has its own admission and course requirements. Interested students must request
application materials from the Department of Psychology and apply directly to
the department for admission in addition to applying to the University as a
Master of Arts in Psychology
This 45-unit MA program is designed with three emphases:
1. to prepare students to pursue admission to a psychology doctoral program;
2. to prepare students to seek a community college teaching position; and
3. to provide for academic or career development.
The Doctoral Preparation
emphasis requires coursework and an empirical thesis and is intended for
qualified individuals with strong potential for success in a doctoral program.
The Community College Teaching emphasis requires supervised experience in
college teaching and psychology content courses related to teaching duties at
community colleges. It is intended for qualified individuals with strong
potential for success in community college teaching and also for credentialed
high school social science teachers with appropriate backgrounds who are seeking
professional enrichment. The General Psychology emphasis requires
coursework and a critical literature review thesis. It is intended for students
seeking a Masterís degree for academic or career development.
Application and Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to the
Master of Arts in Psychology program should first secure application materials
from the Department of Psychology. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate
Committee of the Department of Psychology. Students must also apply to the
Office of Admissions and Records for admission to the University; this
application for general admission at the post-baccalaureate level will be
processed by the University. Offers of admission by the Department are made on a
quarterly basis. Deadlines are listed on informational sheets and are available
from the Department, the Psychology Graduate Coordinator, and the departmental
Home Page on the World Wide Web at www.csub.edu/psychology.
To be considered for admission to
the MA program, the student must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
1. Complete these undergraduate prerequisite courses with a composite GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a "C" (2.0):
a. Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychological Research (PSYC 200 or MATH 140)
b. Understanding Psychological Research (PSYC 300)
c. At least five additional upper division courses (25 quarter units) in Psychology providing diversity of preparation, including at least one psychology laboratory course. Students may also be required to take additional undergraduate courses that are prerequisite to courses in their emphasis.
Note: CSUB course numbers are provided for reference. The Department will determine whether courses taken elsewhere meet these requirements. Students may complete these prerequisite courses within the Department while enrolled in graduate courses for which they are eligible, although progress toward the degree will be slower. A maximum of 15 graduate units may be earned prior to admission.
2. Earn a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter units of undergraduate coursework.
3. Submit GRE General Test scores. Students with scores of 1500 or higher (V+Q+A) will be given preference for admission to the program.
4. Provide three letters of recommendation attesting to capability and promise for the emphasis to which application is being made.
Admission to the Doctoral
Preparation emphasis is limited to the number of students for whom the
Department can provide appropriate research experience and is restricted to
students with sufficiently strong GRE scores to predict reasonable success in
obtaining admission to a doctoral program. Students should discuss their
interests with a potential mentor before applying to the program.
Admission to the Community
College Teaching emphasis is limited to the number of students for whom the
Department can provide appropriate teaching experience and is restricted to
students whose personal qualifications warrant placement in mentored teaching.
The faculty of the Department reserve the right to admit those applicants they
deem most qualified. In making this decision, the faculty may take into
consideration applicantsí previous training in psychology, relevant work
experience, and special skills and knowledge, which provide evidence of
potential. Students who do not meet minimum requirements for admission to the
program may petition for an exception to the admission requirements.
Student Classification Levels
The Department of Psychology
determines the studentís initial classification level prior to admission as
well as all subsequent changes in that level. Some 500-level and all 600-level
courses are not available for undergraduate credit. Students enrolled in
the MA in Psychology may enroll in any course on the approved Plan of Study for
which they have met the prerequisite. Anyone else must obtain the instructorís
permission prior to enrollment. Such students will be classified as Post-baccalaureate.
ó Students who have completed most but not all of the requirements for
admission at the classified level (see below) and show promise of success may be
admitted at the conditionally classified level. Students admitted at the
conditionally classified level who complete all admission requirements or
alternate requirements specified in the offer of admission will be moved to the
classified level but may take no more than 15 units applicable to the MA degree
prior to achieving classified standing. Students at the conditionally classified
level are not allowed to begin a thesis or take a comprehensive exam.
ó Students who meet all of the requirements for admission will be admitted at
the classified level. Classified graduate students may take any graduate level
course meeting the requirements of their Plan of Study as long as the
appropriate prerequisites have been met.
ó Classified level students will be advanced to candidate level in the term in
which they intend to graduate and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the Plan of
Study and have completed the graduation writing requirement. Students must also
receive positive faculty evaluations concerning their effectiveness and
responsibility in interpersonal relationships and in meeting academic and
Core Courses Required in All Three Emphases
1. BEHS 500 Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
2. PSYC 501 Advanced Research Design and Methodology in Psychology
3. PSYC 575 History and Systems in Psychology
Requirements for the Doctoral
1. Approved Electives (25 units; no more than 12 units may be at the 400-level)
2. PSYC 695 Empirical Masterís Thesis (5 units)
Students must complete an
empirical thesis under the direction of a three-person Thesis Committee. A
separate document details the thesis requirement.
Requirements for the Community College Teaching Emphasis
1. Approved Electives (20 units; no more than 12 units may be at the 400-level)
2. PSYC 688 Practicum in Teaching Psychology (10 units)
Note: The student must complete ten units of PSYC 688 with grades of "B" (3.0) or better under the direction of at least two Psychology faculty. No more than 10 units of PSYC 688 (and no units of PSYC 698) may be applied toward the degree. Permission to re-enroll in this course requires successful performance in all prior enrollments. The student must develop a portfolio documenting all teaching experience and must receive certification from faculty sponsors that, across the mentored teaching situations, each of the required teaching activities has been successfully conducted. The Department maintains a list of the required teaching activities.
Part of the mentored teaching
experience may be modified or waived for students who are experienced teachers.
These changes must be approved by the Comprehensive Examination Committee and
the Chair of the Department of Psychology.
Comprehensive Examination (0 units)
The student must pass a
comprehensive examination which covers three areas of Psychology commonly taught
at community colleges. The specific areas will be selected by the student from
the list maintained by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Students may select other
specialty areas with the permission of the Comprehensive Examination Committee
and the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Additional Requirements for the General Psychology Emphasis
1. Approved Electives (25 units; no more than 12 units may be at the 400-level)
2. PSYC 694 Critical Literature Review Masterís Thesis (5 units)
Students must complete a critical
literature review thesis under the direction of a three-person Thesis Committee.
A separate document details the thesis requirement.
Finally, for the granting of any
degree the California State University requires demonstration of Graduation
Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) either by passing the university-wide GWAR
examination or by achieving a grade of "C" or better in COMM 304, 306
or 311, ENGL 304, 305, or 310, HIST 300 or other courses approved by the English
Department. Brochures with more information the GWAR are available in the
Testing Center, the Department of English or Communications, and in all deansí
Selected courses in Counseling
Psychology may be appropriate for graduate degree credit. Selection must be done
with permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator in accord with the
individualís Plan of Study.
A studentís Thesis or
Comprehensive Examination Committee Chair will serve as the academic advisor.
Until this person has been selected, the Graduate Program Coordinator will be
the studentís academic advisor. The student and academic advisor will prepare
a Plan of Study and submit it for approval.
To graduate with the MA degree, a
student must meet the following requirements:
1. Complete the 45-unit program in accord with the approved Plan of Study and these requirements. Students may take no more than 10 units on a non-optional credit, no-credit basis.
2. Be in Good Standing in the MA in Psychology program. To be in Good Standing, a student must maintain at the end of each term of enrollment a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in courses taken to meet degree requirements. Students not in Good Standing must formally request permission (and receive written approval) to enroll in additional graduate courses. The Psychology Graduate Committee will review the explanations and plans set forth in the petition and make a decision whether to permit continued enrollment and what conditions must be met for a return to Good Standing.
3. Be advanced to Candidate level by the Department.
4. Receive an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire 45-unit program.
5. Regardless of the number of units, no more than two courses with grades of "C+" (2.3) or "C" (2.0) may be counted toward the MA program.
6. No course with a grade lower than "C" (2.0) may be counted toward the MA program.
Note: Some 500-level and all 600-level courses are not available for undergraduate credit. Students enrolled in the MA in Psychology may enroll in any course on the approved Plan of Study for which they have met the prerequisite. Anyone else must obtain the instructorís permission prior to enrollment.
BEHS 500 Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (5)
An examination of the major
techniques used for quantitative analysis in contemporary behavioral science,
including basic tests of significance, measures of association, bivariate and
multiple regression, factor analysis, analysis of variance, nonparametric
statistics, and computer techniques of data compilation and analysis.
Prerequisite: a college-level course in statistics. Carries credit in
Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. [F]
PSYC 501 Advanced Research Design and Methodology in Psychology (5)
Advanced examination of research
designs and methods in psychological research. Conducting literature reviews,
analyzing research studies, designing research strategies, selecting appropriate
data analysis techniques, and interpreting research results. Ethical
considerations in the conduct of human and animal research. Prerequisites: PSYC
300 and BEHS 500. [W]
PSYC 510 Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence (4) (Formerly PSYC 510.001)
Focus on the developmental
transitions from infancy through adolescence. Topics include biological basis of
development, cognitive development, emotional development, personality
development, social development, agents of socialization, the role of the family
in development, and cultural and environmental influences on development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 310. [W]
PSYC 511 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging (4) (Formerly PSYC 510.002)
Focus on the developmental
transitions throughout adulthood. Topics include psychophysiological changes,
cognitive development and intellectual functioning, personality consistency and
change, consistency and change in social roles, including family membership,
divorce, and step-parenting, variety of life-styles, gender and ethnic
differences, and issues regarding sickness and death. Prerequisite: PSYC 310.
BEHS 512 Advanced Social Psychology (5)
(For course description, see
listing under "Interdisciplinary Courses.") [S-odd years]
CPSY 530 Human Sexuality (4)
Examination of the major
variables affecting human sexuality. Includes the physiological, psychological,
and sociocultural variables associated with the development and manifestation of
sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorders. Special attention to the
etiology, assessment, and treatment of sexual dysfunctions and to the
relationship between sexual dysfunction and intimate interpersonal
relationships. Not available for undergraduate credit. [S]
PSYC 575 History and Systems in Psychology (5)
Historical analysis of the
development of modern psychology as a science and the examination of its many
strands Ė the evolution of research and theory, important figures and
systematic positions, methods of thought and work, social and intellectual
contexts Ė which have contributed to its pattern of development.
Lectures/discussion, and special student projects. Prerequisite: Three upper
division courses in Psychology. [S]
PSYC 577 Special Topics in Psychology (1-5)
Offered periodically as
announced. Topics of special interest to graduates and senior students. May be
repeated for different course content. Specific prerequisites will be indicated
with each announced course. [F, W, S]
PSYC 602 Seminar in Organizational Psychology (5)
Examination and application of
theories and concepts pertaining to the behavior of individuals in contemporary
work organizations. Deals with those factors which affect the ability of
individuals in contemporary work organizations. Deals with those factors which
affect the ability of individuals and groups of individuals to work effectively
within the structure and climate of complex organizations. Topics deal with
issues associated with individual values, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations
as they affect the management processes, including leadership, decision-making,
and communication. Prerequisites: At least one upper division course in
Psychology and MGMT 300 or permission of instructor. [Variable Quarters]
PSYC 680 Directed Graduate Research Seminar in Psychology (5)
Elaboration of principles of
research design. Student conducts and writes up an individual or group study
under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: PSYC 300 and consent of instructor.
PSYC 681 Directed Graduate Research in Psychology (1-5)
Student designs and conducts a
research project and writes a final report under faculty supervision.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor who will serve as a sponsor, approval by
chair of Department of Psychology. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only,
except for students preparing for a thesis in the MA in Psychology. [By
PSYC 688 Practicum in Teaching Psychology (3-5 units)
Theory and practice in teaching
psychology for students in the MA in Psychology (Community College Teaching
emphasis). Regular meetings with faculty sponsor and supervised experience which
may include course and syllabus development; lecturing; tutoring; developing,
administering, and scoring examinations; developing and grading paper
assignments; leading discussion groups; setting up and supervising laboratories,
projects, or classroom activities; and in-depth directed readings of relevant
topics. Prerequisite: consent of faculty sponsor and approval by Chair of
Department of Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 694 Critical Literature Review Masterís Thesis (5)
Critical literature review in an
approved area of psychology conducted under the supervision of a faculty
committee. Preparation of an approved proposal, carrying out the approved
library research, preparation of a final report in accord with the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association, and an oral explanation
and defense of the thesis. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.
Prerequisite: limited to classified level students in the MA in Psychology
(General Psychology emphasis) with the approval of the thesis committee chair
and Chair of the Department of Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 695 Empirical Masterís Thesis (5)
Empirical research in an approved
area of psychology conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee.
Preparation of an approved proposal, carrying out the approved empirical
research, preparation of a final report in accord with the Publication Manual
of the American Psychological Association, and an oral explanation and
defense of the thesis. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite:
limited to classified level students in the MA in Psychology (Doctoral
Preparation emphasis) with the approval of the thesis committee chair and Chair
of the Department of Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 698 Directed Graduate Study in the Instruction of Psychology (1-5)
Theory and method in
undergraduate and graduate instruction in psychology. Weekly meetings with
faculty sponsor and supervised experience which may include administering and
developing examinations, proctoring self-paced instructional units, course
development, discussion group leadership, treatment simulation supervision,
observing psychological test administrations, and in-depth directed readings of
relevant topics. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite:
consent of instructor who will serve as sponsor, and approval by Chair of
Department of Psychology whose responsibility it is to monitor the
appropriateness of the studentís responsibilities. [By Petition]
PSYC 699 Individual Graduate Study (1-5)
Investigation of an approved project leading to a written report. Project selected in conference with professor in area of major interest; regular meetings to be arranged with professor. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. [By Petition]