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Program Overview


The Department of Psychology at UMSL offers a program of studies leading to an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in either Behavioral Neuroscience or Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The MA in Psychology is a terminal degree and is separate from the doctoral program. The MA program does not offer course work in Counseling or Clinical Psychology and the MA in Psychology does not constitute a license to practice in Missouri or elsewhere as a professional psychologist. All programs of study for MA students require the approval of the Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience program or Director of the Industrial/Organization program.

Emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience

The Behavioral Neuroscience emphasis allows students to conduct research in one of six core area of study including hormones and behavior, psychophysiology of trauma, neuropsychology and neuroimaging of aging and HIV, brain dysregulation in language disorders, social neuroscience of bias and stigma or neurobiology of emotion. Students are enrolled into a research group headed by a faculty member with research interests in one of these areas. That professor serves as the student’s primary mentor throughout their graduate training, though communication and collaboration with other laboratories are encouraged. 

A total of 32 credit hours is required for the MA degree with an emphasis in the behavioral neuroscience field of experimental psychology. There is no thesis requirement for the master's degree.

Emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology emphasis embraces the scientist-practitioner model and provides a balanced training in I/O. This emphasis provides industrial training in areas such as personnel selection, training, and test development/validation, as well as organizational training in areas such as work motivation, leadership, mentoring, and group processes. Conducting research with faculty and other training experiences are also incorporated.

A total of 45 credit hours is required for the MA degree with an emphasis in industrial/organizational psychology. Students are not required to complete an empirical research thesis.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer


The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

For more on the College Arts & Sciences, visit http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/.