Master of Arts Degree in Psychological Sciences
Description and Mission Statement
The fundamental principle underlying the graduate program in psychological sciences at NAU is that all inquiry in psychology is structured by the scientific method. This inquiry is accomplished by proposing and testing theoretical explanations about human behavioral, biological and mental processes. Scientific rigor is essential to evaluate, disseminate, create and apply evidence in psychology. Students in our program take courses that are best suited for their professional goals such as preparation for doctoral programs, employment in health-related fields (including behavior analysis), teaching psychology, or other areas of employment that require research, methodology, and statistical skills. Students may also be able to combine the MA in Psychology with other certificates or degree programs. We train students to be scientific professionals, to be ethically responsible, to be committed to serving others, and to respect human diversity.
The NAU Department of Psychological Sciences has many faculty members with teaching and research expertise in the following areas: behavioral health, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, learning psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology. Some of the unique features of our master’s program include:
- applied opportunities in health and community psychology
- an international exchange program for students with the University of Groningen Netherlands (PSYCHStep).
- a relationship with Coconino Community College that provides opportunities for second year students to gain teaching experience.
- an opportunity for advanced undergraduate students to pursue a masters’ degree (our 3 + 2 program).