We currently have over 1200 undergraduate and 105 graduate psychology majors. Many of our undergraduates aspire to graduate work and are admitted to graduate programs throughout the country. In fact, the department was ranked by the National Science Foundation as second in the nation (for schools in its category) in the number of students who went on to complete a Ph.D. program. Other students seek and find jobs in business and human service agencies which utilize their psychological skills. Just as faculty are active in research and service, numerous psychology majors assist in research and co-author papers which they present at conferences.
Our Master’s graduates have also experienced success in Ph.D. programs, stating that they tend to be better prepared for such programs than their classmates. Some of our MA in Psychology, Option in Psychological Research (MAPR) students have opted to accept positions after obtaining their degree, in areas such as Marketing Research. And our MS in Psychology, Option in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MSIO) graduates have found employment in this growing field.
Students from both our undergraduate and graduate programs have distinguished themselves with departmental and university honors for their scholarship and research. As example, for our undergraduates: in 1996 four of the eleven students selected for Phi Beta Kappa in the College of Liberal Arts were psychology majors; two majors were selected for the honor in 1997; and four in 1999. In 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001, one of the two outstanding graduates of the College was a psychology major. Also, our Master’s students have frequently been chosen to the CSULB Graduate Dean’s List, including 2011. In 2000, one of our students’ theses was selected as the Best Thesis for CSULB, representing the university in the WAGS (Western Association of Graduate Schools) competition. In 2010, the College of Liberal Arts again selected a Psychology Master’s student’s thesis for Best Thesis.