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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Susan McCammon, Interim Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, 115 Rawl Building

The Department of Psychology offers master’s degrees in general-theoretic and clinical psychology, the master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology, and the PHD degree in health psychology. All graduate programs require the completion of research skills courses and defense of a dissertation or thesis, and written and oral specialty examinations. The student will consult with his or her program director in order to decide which approved elective courses best meet the needs of his or her program. Additional alternative courses may be considered, subject to the approval of the student’s doctoral committee or masters program directors and the departmental chairperson. It is important to note that requirements of both the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology must be met before a degree is awarded.

MA, Psychology, General - Theoretic


Note: As of June 2, 2011 we are suspending admissions for the academic and research concentrations pending program closures, and will no longer be accepting applications.
The general psychology program offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of three concentrations. The academic concentration (30 s.h.) is designed to provide the preparation necessary to teach psychology at the community college level. Students can opt for on or off campus instruction. The research concentration (30 s.h.) focuses on courses for those who wish to conduct research or prepare for doctoral training. The industrial/organizational concentration (45 s.h.) is designed for students wishing to apply psychological expertise to situations involving human resources in organizations.
The industrial/organizational concentration requires a summer internship between the first and second year. Acceptance into the industrial/organizational concentration does not guarantee acceptance into the occupational health psychology concentration of the health psychology doctoral program. Students who are enrolled in the industrial/organizational concentration and wish to pursue a doctoral degree in health psychology with a concentration in occupational health psychology must apply for admission to the PhD program.

Program requirements include:
  1. Research skills requirement: PSYC 6430 - 3 s.h.
  2. Thesis or Teaching Portfolio - 6 s.h.
    Academic concentration:
    PSYC 6800, 6810 (Teaching Practicum)
    Research concentration:
    PSYC 7000 (Thesis)
    Industrial/Organizational concentration:
    PSYC 7000 (Thesis)
  3. Electives - 6-15 s.h.
    Academic concentration:
    6 s.h. from PSYC
    Research concentration:
    6 s.h. are required of which 3 s.h. must be PSYC
    Industrial/Organizational concentration:
    15 s.h. are required of which 6 s.h. must be PSYC
  4. Concentration areas (Choose one) - 15-21 s.h.
    Academic concentration:
    PSYC 6406, 6421; 6428 or 7427; 6450 or 6475; 6414 or 7412
    Research concentration:
    PSYC 6421; 6428 or 7427; 6450 or 6475; 6414 or 7412, 7431
    Industrial/Organizational concentration:
    PSYC 6327, 6343, 6420, 6465, 6521, 6970, 7431

MA in Clinical Psychology

The clinical psychology program of study leads to a master of arts degree in psychology. The degree is earned as part of the clinical health concentration of the PhD in health psychology program. The program requires a minimum of 51 s.h. of instruction and is generally completed in two years. The program provides classroom training in ethics, psychological assessment and diagnosis, and psychotherapy. In addition to classroom learning, the student will also engage in supervised practica experiences during the first-year of training in addition to the second-year practicum. Finally, students will gain research experience through the completion of a master’s thesis project during the second year of training.

Admission to the MA clinical program is contingent on admission to the clinical health concentration of the PhD in health psychology program and follows a review of credentials as well as an on-site interview. Continuation in the program is based upon satisfactory course work and effective personal functioning and ethical behavior. At the end of each semester of the student’s enrollment, the clinical faculty will conduct a review of student performance. Continuation in the program is contingent upon a favorable review during these evaluations. Students who consistently show borderline course performance, who are not developing good applied skills in the practice of psychology, who fail to complete course work on a timely basis, or who otherwise perform unprofessionally or unsatisfactorily, may be required to complete additional courses or practicum work, or may be removed from the program.

Program requirements include:

  1. Core courses - 31 s.h.
    Clinical-Ethics requirement: PSYC 6465 - 3 s.h.
    Practicum: PSYC 6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 7995, 8460 - 10 s.h.
    Research skills requirement: PSYC 6430 - 3 s.h.
    Therapy: PSYC 6466 - 3 s.h.
    Thesis: PSYC 7000 - 6 s.h.
    Core electives - 6 s.h.
    Choose two from: PSYC 6406, 6407, 6408, 6414, 6421, 6428, 6475
  2. Concentration area (Choose one:) - 12 s.h.
    PSYC 6450, 6468, 6485
    Assessment elective - 3 s.h.
  3. Electives - 8 s.h.

MA in School Psychology/CAS in School Psychology

The graduate program in school psychology is a three-year program to train psychologists for practice in school and related settings and requires 63 s.h. credit. The program requires full-time attendance, and students must complete both the MA and CAS degrees. The first two years of the program provide classroom training and field experiences in assessment, consultation, and interventions for children, adolescents, families, and systems. The third year consists of a full-time paid internship in a public school setting.

Program completion meets the current requirements for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a Level II school psychologist, for certification by the National School Psychology Certification Board, and satisfies the educational requirements for licensure by the North Carolina Psychology Board as a licensed psychological associate. The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Program requirements include:

Assessment: PSYC 6409, 6410, 7411 - 9 s.h.
Consultation/Intervention: PSYC 6402, 6467, 7442 - 9 s.h.
Internship: PSYC 7992, 7993 - 6 s.h.
Practicum: PSYC 7950, 7951 - 6 s.h.
Professional school psychology: PSYC 6404 - 3 s.h.
Psychological foundations: COAD 6407; PSYC 6405, 6406, 6452, 7413 - 15 s.h.
Research skills requirement: PSYC 6430 - 3 s.h.
Thesis: PSYC 7000 (May repeat once) - 3 s.h.
EDUC electives - 6 s.h.

PhD in Health Psychology

The PhD program in health psychology is a post-baccalaureate 5-year program (98-104 s.h.); students must choose a concentration in either clinical health (100 s.h.), occupational health psychology (98 s.h.), or pediatric school psychology (104 s.h.) at the time of their application to the program. A one-year pre-doctoral internship is required for the clinical health and pediatric school concentrations. A summer internship is required for the occupational health psychology concentration.

Completion of the clinical health concentration meets the current requirements for licensure by the North Carolina Psychology Board as a licensed psychologist. Completion of the occupational health psychology concentration meets the standards set forth by Division 14 of the American Psychological Association in the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Completion of the pediatric school psychology concentration meets the current requirements for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a Level III school psychologist, for certification by the National School Psychology Certification Board, and satisfies the educational requirements for licensure by the North Carolina Psychology Board as a licensed psychologist.

Students enrolled in the occupational health psychology concentration must complete the requirements for earning a master’s degree in general-theoretic psychology with a concentration in industrial/organizational psychology prior to taking 8000-level courses. Continuation in the occupational health psychology concentration is based upon satisfactory course work and effective personal functioning and ethical behavior. Students who consistently show borderline course performance, who are not developing good applied skills in the practice of psychology, who fail to complete course work on a timely basis, or who otherwise perform unprofessionally or unsatisfactorily, may be removed from the program. Students who do not complete the PhD program may be allowed to complete the coursework necessary to earn a master’s degree in general-theoretic psychology with a concentration in industrial/organizational psychology.

Program requirements include:
Professional Standards and Ethics: PSYC 6404 or 6465 - 3 s.h.
Foundations in Psychology - 18 s.h.
Biological Bases of Behavior: PSYC 6414 or 7413 - 3 s.h.
Social Bases of Behavior: PSYC 6402 or 6421 - 3 s.h.
Cognitive and Affective Bases: PSYC 6405 or 6428 or 7427 - 3 s.h.
Individual Differences: PSYC 6407 or 6452 or 6475 - 3 s.h.
Human Development: PSYC 6406 - 3 s.h.
History and Systems: PSYC 6408 - 3 s.h.
Research Methods and Practice - 24 s.h.
Statistics and Research Design: PSYC 6430, 7431 - 6 s.h.
Thesis/predissertation research: PSYC 7000 - 6 s.h.
Dissertation: PSYC 9000 - 12 s.h.
Health Psychology core - 17 s.h.
PSYC 8001 - 2 s.h.
PSYC 8002 - 3 s.h.
PSYC 7504 or 8404 or 8468 - 3 s.h.
PSYC 7506 or 8416 - 3 s.h.
PSYC 8994 or 8995 or 8996 - 3 s.h.
Approved health elective - 3 s.h.
Clinical Health concentration - 38 s.h.
Psychopathology: PSYC 6450 - 3 s.h.
Interventions: PSYC 6466, 6468 - 6 s.h.
Assessment: PSYC 6484 and 6485 - 6 s.h.
Practicum: PSYC 6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 7995, 8460 - 16 s.h.
Clinical Supervision Training: PSYC 8500 – 1 s.h.
Internship: PSYC 8990 - 6 s.h.
Occupational Health Psychology concentration - 36 s.h.
Methods in Human Measurement: PSYC 6327 - 3 s.h.
Psychology of Organizational Behavior: PSYC 6343 - 3 s.h.
Issues in Personnel Selection: PSYC 6420 - 3 s.h.
Statistics and Research Design: PSYC 7433 - 3 s.h.
Internship: PSYC 6970 - 3 s.h.
Electives: A minimum of 21 s.h. must be taken from the following courses: PSYC 6423, 6521, 7501, 7502, 7503, 7505; or approved electives.
Pediatric School Psychology concentration - 42 s.h.
Interventions: PSYC 6467, 7442 - 6 s.h.
Assessment: PSYC 6409, 6410, 7411 - 9 s.h.
Practicum: PSYC 7950, 7951, 8460 - 12 s.h.
Education: SPED 6701, 6702 or approved electives - 6 s.h.
Statistics and Research Design: PSYC 7433 or approved elective - 3 s.h.
Internship: PSYC 8990 - 6 s.h.