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The Master of Arts in General Psychology is a 32-hour degree that is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of students. This degree would be ideal for the student who desires a graduate degree for career advancement in the business world, or for the student who already has a master’s degree but is returning to take additional hours for certification or licensure in the mental health or school services fields. The 32-hour M.A. would also be appropriate for those who wish to obtain more advanced knowledge in psychology but do not necessarily want to become a counselor or complete a thesis

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, interdisciplinary nature, and historical trends in psychology, and the philosophy of science.
  • Demonstrate their understand and apply skeptical inquiry, research design, data analysis, and interpretation in the classification, prediction, and control of behavior and cognition
  • Demonstrate and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and settings.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity and diversity of sociocultural and international issues.
  • Describe practical ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

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Capstone Project

The capstone project, to be completed in the last semester of the M. A General program, is an individualized project negotiated between the capstone mentor and the student.  The project can take many forms, from traditional writing projects to innovative projects that use different media to provide a forum for presentation of each student's unique abilities and interests. Topics can include not only traditional areas and sub-areas of psychology but also multi-and transdisciplinary investigations that examine some aspect of human thought, feeling, and behavior. Capstones can be tailored to help build students' credentials if shifting to related field such as Law or Social Work.

BCBA Certification

Embedded within the School Psychology Curriculum is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)  course sequence.  Students completing the program are then eligible to obtain board certification as a BCBA and pursue state licensure through OKDHD DDSD to provide behavior analysis services in Oklahoma.  For more information regarding the BCBA course sequence please visit the BCBA Certification Sheet.

Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Case management
  • Mental health services

Community & Student Organizations

  • Oklahoma Psychological Association
  • Oklahoma School Psychological Association
  • Oklahoma Psychological Society
  • UCO Psi Chi Organization