Dec 01, 2023  
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology MA

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Clinical Psychology Option MA

Academic Degree Requirements


Part IV - Thesis/Comprehensive Exam

Research Competence

Each student must show proof of competence in research and its reporting. Students receiving the Master of Arts may choose to complete either a thesis or a comprehensive exam (written or oral).


Total Credits: 60

Course Availability and Schedule

Since this is a clinical program, most of our students are presently employed in the field of psychology/social work; therefore, all courses have start times in the middle to late afternoon to accommodate student schedules.

Research Psychology Option MA

The Research Psychology option is a two-year, 36-credit program. This program is typically full-time, but can accommodate students who wish to pursue the program part-time, or on other timetables.


The following courses are required (24 credits)

*The following courses are electives: 12 credits required

  • Up to 6 credits of 400-level courses.  Choices must be approved  by Graduate Program Director of General MA option.


Total Credits: 36


*It is strongly recommended that at least one of these courses be PSY 595.

Applied Behavior Analysis Option MA

This master’s program is a three-year, 36-credit program. Please note, students can choose to complete this program at their own pace. It is not a requirement that it be completed in three years; however, it is expected that students will complete this program on a timely basis. Specific ABA courses within the master’s program will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. Students may choose to take some first year ABA courses during their second year because it may be closer to the time they sit for the BCBA® exam.

Course schedule by years of study:

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