Psychology, Master of Arts Degree
An understanding of the human mind
The Master of Arts degree in psychology builds upon foundational undergraduate knowledge — and helps prepare students for doctoral studies or careers in government and the public and private sectors. The psychology program provides education and research training in three areas of specialization:
- Behavior analysis
- Clinical psychology
- Cognitive and brain sciences
Each psychology program maintains its own admissions process.
Areas of Specialization
Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, training in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno is conducted via a junior-colleague model and includes supervised experience and instruction leading to the master's and/or doctoral degrees. The behavior analysis program focuses on the philosophies of behaviorism, the theory and methodology of behavior analysis, basic and applied research in human behavior, basic research in animal behavior, application of behavioral principles to organizational administration and consultation, instructional design and technology, parent and teacher training, and clinical populations, participatory governance and fiscal management. Admission materials are due Jan. 1.
The Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a charter member of the Academy of Clinical Science. It seeks to train doctoral level clinical scientists who have a thorough grounding in research and scholarly activities, can develop and use scientific knowledge, are skilled in using their critical thinking and analytic tools in problem formulation and solution generation, and have a thoroughly developed repertoire of professional competencies, including applied skills. Admission materials are due Jan. 1.
The graduate program in cognitive and brain sciences (formerly known as experimental psychology) offers programs of study leading to master's and doctoral degrees. Students are given a strong foundation in current theory and methods and have the opportunity to specialize within a number of substantive areas of research that include: comparative psychology, development across the life span, psychophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, memory, and sensation and perception. Admission materials are due Feb. 1.
Related Degrees and Programs
- Psychology, Minor
- Psychology, Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Psychology - Research Specialization, Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Psychology - Behavior Analysis, Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Ph.D. in Psychology
- Ph.D. in Psychology - Behavior Analysis
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
- Ph.D. in Psychology - Cognitive and Brain Sciences
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