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Graduate Overview

The Psychology Department at CSULB offers three Master’s degrees in Psychology:

The Master of Arts in Psychology, Option in Psychological Research  program is designed to provide basic graduate education in the content areas and research of general psychology in order to prepare for doctoral work or for Master’s level careers. It is a two year, full-time program.  Of those graduates who elect not to pursue a doctoral degree the majority hold positions that make use of their training in psychology. These include positions in community colleges, laboratories using physiological and behavioral research methodologies, social service agencies, business, industry and government.

The Master of Science in Psychology, Option in Industrial/Organizational Psychology  program is a rigorous program designed for students who plan to use psychology in the solution of problems in business and industry. The program combines scientific discipline with professional practice. Student learning is achieved through seminars consisting of both a core sequence and course electives, practicum experience within an organization and development of a thesis. Required seminars examine a variety of content areas within Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology including organizational behavior, personnel psychology, training, and organizational development. Elective courses allow students some flexibility in determining which statistics and research methods courses best suit their personal interests.

Master of Science in Psychology, Option in Human Factors: Human Factors (also known as ergonomics or human engineering) is a scientific discipline which examines human behavior and capabilities in order to find the best ways to design products, equipment and systems for maximum safe, effective, satisfying use by people. Professionals in the area of human factors apply their skills in a variety of areas, including aerospace systems, computer software and hardware design, industrial and office settings, educational technology, consumer products, usability analysis and virtual reality. Employment areas may be in Academic Institutions, Industry, Military-related Research Centers and Independent Consultant. Job titles include professor, human factors engineer, ergonomist, technician specialist, safety scientist, consultant and research scientist.

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MA in Psychology, Option in Psychological Research
MS in Psychology, Option in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
MS in Psychology, Option in Human Factors
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    Psych Day will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Psychology Building Quad. Festivities include a graduate and volunteer fair, workshops, games and special speakers, beginning at 10:00 am. A buffet lunch will be offered for a small donation from 11:00 until 2:00. The keynote speaker, Dr. Collie Conoley, will present his research on Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy at 4:00 pm in the Beach Auditorium.

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    Psychology Undergraduate Advising done by ATLAS

    Please see ATLAS to declare Psychology as a major or minor, get Psychology advising, GE advising, class planning, Timely Graduation help and Grad Checks! ATLAS is located in Ph1 room 104.

    Looking to get Psychology Course Credits for courses from other schools or study abroad Click here for more information

    Psychology Resource Office (PRO) is now open. Click here for hours and more information.

    Upcoming Events

    The Psychology Colloquium series occurs every other Wednesday. Click here for information on time, date and speakers.


    The Psychology Student Study Center hours for Spring 2015 have been posted

    Click here to view our Spring 2015 courses!