Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Psychology, M.S.

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The overall training goal of the department’s graduate program is to produce well-trained applied scientists who, depending on their career goals, are capable of assisting clinical psychologists and working as a mental health professional.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MS Psychology


Develop and implement skills in psychological assessment with a developmental perspective.


Gain in-depth knowledge in statistical analyses as it relates to psychology. 


Develop and apply learned psychological skills in a clinical or research setting.


In addition to meeting the minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School, the department’s recommendation for admission is based on the student’s performance on the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation, and on the student’s academic performance. The department may recommend full or conditional admission. If admitted on a conditional basis, the applicant must fulfill the conditions imposed by the department.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours is necessary for the Master of Science degree, although some students may be required to take additional hours to remedy undergraduate training deficiencies or in order to meet particular career goals. Students may complete the M.S. while in progress toward the Ph.D. at UNO or as a terminal degree.

General Core:

Core courses are required for all graduate students. They include

Specialty Core

Each specialization or concentration requires the following as core:

Complete a Minimum of Six Hours of Credit

Students pursuing the Ph.D. are required to complete a minimum of six hours of credit in PSYC 6090 . Enrollment in PSYC 6090  is required each regular semester when not enrolled in PSYC 7000 .

Minimum Grades:

A student who receives a C or lower in a core course (general or specialty) or who drops a core course while earning lower than a B will be dropped from the program. If a student receives a C or less in a non-core course, that course must be repeated in order to earn graduate credit. All students must maintain a B average for all courses in order to remain in the psychology graduate program.

A Minimum of Six Credit Hours

Students pursuing the Ph.D. are required to complete a thesis based on her or his own original research that clearly demonstrates ability to identify significant problems, design and conduct scientific studies, and report findings in an appropriate fashion. The thesis research must be of publishable quality. A minimum of six credit hours of thesis research, PSYC 7000 , is required, although the student must be registered for thesis research each semester he or she is working on it until it is accepted by the thesis committee. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

Complete Two Sections of Practicum

Financial Aid

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to qualified students. Research and service assistantships supported by faculty grants or contracts are also available.

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