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Master of Arts in Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology

  • QS World University Rankings
    801-1000
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 12 months
The department offers a program of graduate study that leads to the MA degree in psychology with special strengths in behavior analysis and behavioral clinical psychology. Students receive formal academic training in behavior analytic principles and techniques. All students obtain experience in relevant applied settings and/or teaching assistantships. The design and conduct of research is required throughout a student’s graduate work and students are provided with research mentorship and supervision. The program prepares students for 1) entrance into doctoral programs and for 2) employment in applied behavior analysis settings. Students who apply to the doctoral preparation track are those who wish to increase their experiences and skills in order to become more competitive doctoral program applicants. Students in this track are interested in obtaining their doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology (behavioral emphasis) or behavior analysis. Previous graduates have been successful in entering quality doctoral programs and obtaining employment in a variety of settings. Opportunities for specialized training, applied experience, and research are available in many settings that include: The Community Re-Entry Program, a multifaceted treatment program for adults diagnosed with chronic mental illness closely affiliated with the Psychology Department. It is designed to move adults diagnosed with chronic mental illness to greater independence, and it provides special intervention and research opportunities with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia; Behavior Assessment and Intervention Service, a program that provides in-home intervention for people with developmental disabilities in conjunction with Valley Mountain Regional Center; Contracts with local schools, several of which provide opportunities for experience in behavioral assessment and intervention. Most of these services are provided in the field, such as working with students and their teachers in area schools and working with parents of typically developing children with behavioral problems. Additional practicum facilities in the community include Stockton Children’s Home, Regional Youth Services Program, San Joaquin County Mental Health Services, Head Start, Stockton Unified School District, and the Transitional Learning Center for homeless children. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® has accepted many of these applied experiences toward eventual board certification in Behavior Analysis. Our course sequence and supervised experience have been approved by the BACB® and our students have had a high rate of sitting for and passing the BCBA® exam. Doctoral preparation students have a high rate of being accepted into quality doctoral programs. A list of former graduate students and their current employment or academic placements upon graduating our program is available upon request. Students must complete a minimum of 30 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Master of Arts in psychology.

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