The Department of Psychology offers two graduate programs: the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and the General Psychology Master of Arts Program. Learn more about these programs below.
Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in clinical psychology, one of only two universities in Ohio offering a terminal master's degree in clinical psychology. The clinical psychology program is designed with two overlapping purposes:
- to prepare students for further study in psychology at the doctoral level
- to prepare students for employment in clinical positions at the master's level
This two-year 46 semester hour program is designed with the scientist-practitioner model as its foundation - clinical knowledge and experience is combined with research training. Therefore, the program provides a broad background in the following: application of statistics and research methodology; thorough exposure to the areas of personality; psychopathology and psychotherapy; intensive training in the assessment of intelligence and personality; supervised practice in interviewing and therapeutic intervention; and the opportunity to emphasize clinical work with adults or children while sharing common courses. An empirical thesis is required for completion of this program and students are encouraged to select a thesis chairperson and begin the thesis during the first year in the program. Students are also offered other opportunities to work with faculty on research teams that include both graduate and undergraduate students. Students receive clinical training through course work and complete a minimum 480 hours of supervised clinical practicum in community mental health settings. The clinical psychology program is fully accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC).
General Psychology M.A. Program
Cognitive, developmental, and social processes are emphasized in the M.A. program in general psychology at the University of Dayton. The program is designed to prepare students for doctoral work by providing training through research and basic courses in cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. It is also possible to develop knowledge in other areas of psychology and/or an interdisciplinary program in consultation with the student's advisor. Graduates of the program have also found psychology-related employment in a variety of research and applied settings.
The curriculum establishes a solid methodological background through a two-semester sequence in experimental design and statistics. An introduction to most of the subareas of psychology is provided in the History and Systems course, which contributes to general psychological knowledge, or breadth. A multi-course concentration in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology is taken to develop depth of knowledge. Elective hours allow for greater depth or breadth within psychology, or exposure to interdisciplinary interests in computer science, education, business, engineering, communication, or biology. Collaborative research is strongly recommended, beginning with a first-year research project developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor.
The faculty members of the General Psychology M.A. Program conduct research devoted to understanding reading, perceptual and cognitive processing, group interaction, social interaction, and the effects of television. There are ample microcomputers, videotaping facilities, and sound-isolated observation rooms with intercoms available.