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General Experimental Psychology, Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Arts
The B.A./M.A. in general-experimental psychology involves the integration of two free-standing programs; the existing undergraduate program in psychology and the thesis track of our current master's program in general-experimental psychology. The program is intended to be an accelerated program in the science of psychology that is available to academically superior undergraduate students. It is aimed at providing students with a master's level foundation in knowledge and methods of psychological science.
All curricular requirements must be satisfied for both the bachelor's and master's degrees. The combined degree program may be finished in five years, with the completion of 151 credits. Students take two graduate courses during the junior year and four graduate courses in the senior year of study. These six courses (18 credits) are applicable toward both degrees. The student will receive the B.A. after four years of study, even if he or she decides not to continue on to the fifth year.
The bachelor's level (usually 127 credits over four years) will include 54-63 core credits and 18-27 free elective credits. In addition, the student will be required to take 28 undergraduate credits in psychology, plus 15 graduate psychology credits and three graduate elective credits outside of the department in order to complete the baccalaureate. The fifth year of study will require the completion of 24 graduate credits in psychology, including six thesis credits.
- Students ordinarily complete the B.A./M.A. in ten semesters, or five years of full time study.
- Although students normally take 15-18 credits per semester on an undergraduate level, a maximum of 12 credits per semester is allowed on a graduate level.
- Undergraduate classes are offered during normal daytime hours and graduate courses typically are given in the late afternoon and at night.
- Undergraduate classes may be taken in Queens and Staten Island, but graduate courses are given on the Queens campus only.
Those students meeting the following eligibility requirements will be interviewed by an admissions committee within the Psychology Department. Notification regarding admission into the program will be transmitted to the applicant by the Office of Admissions. The admissions process will begin after the receipt of final grades for the spring semester of the sophomore year.
- The student must apply for admission into the program during the sophomore year and must have attained a 3.5 cumulative and major index through that year.
- The student must also have completed at least 12 psychology credits (including introductory psychology, statistics and research methods) by the end of the sophomore year.
- The applicant must submit a statement of goals which includes a discussion as to why he or she is interested in scientific psychology and what research problems are of particular interest.
- To remain in the program, the student must maintain a 3.0 major and cumulative index beyond the sophomore year.
- Separate applications are to be submitted to the Psychology Department and to the Graduate Division of Arts & Sciences. These forms may be obtained from the two respective offices.