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The first in the world, and always on the cutting edge. Rapidly becoming one of psychology’s most transformative fields, positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. Read more
The first in the world, and always on the cutting edge
Rapidly becoming one of psychology’s most transformative fields, positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. Positive psychology differs from historical psychological approaches because of its unique emphasis on the empirical study of human flourishing. While the study of psychology has traditionally focused on improving the human condition by identifying and relieving what is negative in life, positive psychology complements this approach with a focus on strengthening what is positive.

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania was the first in the world to offer a degree in this rigorous field of study. Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of the discipline of positive psychology, created the MAPP program to educate and train students at the cutting edge of the field.

Designed for working professionals
The program's hybrid model allows you to explore the theory and practice of positive psychology without relocating to Philadelphia, so you can continue working full-time. The program includes nine courses, completed during one year of full-time study during consecutive fall, spring and summer semesters. The low-residency format consists of 10 required on-site visits to the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, where students and faculty gather for intensive weekends of learning and networking.

Structured for real-world application
Whether you are a credentialed professional seeking to transform your workplace or career, or are building a foundation for further graduate study, the MAPP curriculum allows you to apply the topics most relevant to your interests and goals. You will receive a thorough grounding in the research methods and theoretical underpinnings of positive psychology, and learn to apply its theories and perspectives within individual and organizational settings. The program culminates with an individual capstone project that advances both your professional development and the field of positive psychology itself.

Renowned faculty and passionately engaged peers
Program alumni report overwhelmingly that their favorite aspect of the program is the exceptional group of people who make up our diverse, intellectually stimulating and intensely supportive community.

Each year, approximately 40 students enroll in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, including successful businesspeople, practicing psychologists and medical professionals, scientists, artists, life coaches, lawyers and more. They’re all gathered to study with a faculty composed of major pioneers in the field, who are also dedicated and personable teachers.

Flourishing after MAPP
Through their experiences in the Master of Applied Psychology program, students find a powerful new perspective on their workplaces, career plans and personal lives. Our students go on to incredibly diverse careers, applying what they’ve learned to transform their current workplaces or to begin new careers in consulting, teaching, business, healthcare, media and more.

We look forward to speaking with you about the exciting opportunities at MAPP and discussing how our program can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Courses and Curriculum

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) curriculum is designed to train you in the history, theory and research methods of positive psychology, as well as its application in professional settings.

The program consists of nine courses, completed during one year of full-time study during consecutive fall, spring and summer semesters.

During the fall semester, you will begin the program with courses that focus on the science, research and theoretical underpinnings of positive psychology, giving students a strong foundation to build on throughout the remainder of the program.
The spring semester courses offer content to help you learn how to apply positive psychology in various professional settings, including creating a plan for positive interventions in a real organization.
The capstone project, which is completed during the summer semester, allows you to integrate what you’ve learned throughout the program, and apply it in the professional or research domain most significant to you. It often serves as a stepping stone to the application of positive psychology in a particular professional domain or to further research in a specific area.
The curriculum includes the following eight classes, in addition to the capstone project:

Introduction to Positive Psychology
An introduction to the research, theory and intellectual history of positive psychology.

Research Methods and Evaluation
A methodology course exploring the valid and reliable assessment of positive emotions, character strengths and meaning in life.

Foundations of Positive Interventions
An investigation into the theoretical, empirical and experiential nature of positive interventions.

Approaches to the Good Life
An examination of four perspectives on human flourishing.

Applied Positive Interventions
A service-learning course in which students study the applied work of master positive psychology practitioners and create positive psychology applications for non-profit organizations.

Positive Psychology and Individuals
An exploration of positive psychology applications in coaching, clinical and other relational settings.

Positive Psychology and Organizations
An exploration of positive psychology, appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship in traditional and social business settings.

Humanities and Human Flourishing
An exploration of integrating culture and science to support the deeper understanding and more effective cultivation of human flourishing.

Capstone

The capstone project is a distinguishing feature of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, blending academic and professional experiences and serving as the culmination of your work in the program. Through the capstone project, you will explore, in depth, the theories and practical applications you’ve learned in the program, to advance the field of positive psychology itself. Previous capstone projects have included empirical studies, literature reviews, book prospectuses, workshops and other endeavors.

The capstone is completed during the summer semester and has no on-site course requirements. You will conduct this project work independently, with your advisor’s ongoing guidance, in a setting that is significant to you and most relevant to your future professional goals.

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The master of science degree in experimental psychology builds on the strengths of faculty research and student interests in experimental psychology broadly defined. Read more

Program overview

The master of science degree in experimental psychology builds on the strengths of faculty research and student interests in experimental psychology broadly defined. The program as a whole provides a foundation for further advanced academic study in human factors and/or experimental psychology.

Plan of study

The program includes 30 credit hours of core courses, elective courses, and a thesis. It also offers students two tracks to choose from: experimental psychology and engineering psychology.

The experimental psychology track embraces the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior. Faculty are experts in a variety of fields including addiction, attention, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, forensic psychology, perception, psychopathology, and social psychology, among others.

The engineering psychology track examines human capabilities to sense, perceive, store, and process information and how these human factors impact interactions with technology. This knowledge is applied to the design, use, and maintenance of human-machine systems. Courses emphasize the role of human behavior and performance in both simple and complex human-machine systems. Students are trained in both research methods of experimental psychology and application of the results to contemporary problems in industry. This track prepares students to function as effective engineering psychologists in industrial, governmental, or consulting organizations.

Electives

Students in the engineering psychology track must select two electives (students should check for course prerequisites or if permission of the instructor is required). Any graduate course at RIT can be taken as an elective, assuming prerequisites are met.

Thesis

Students select a thesis adviser during the first year. Selection of an adviser, thesis topic, and research proposal must be completed in the second semester of the first year of the program. Ongoing research activity is expected through the summer term of the program. At the completion of the thesis, students will publically present their findings and defend their research before a thesis committee.

Curriculum

Experimental psychology, MS degree course sequence differ according to the modules selected, see website for further details on available modules and electives: https://www.rit.edu/programs/experimental-psychology-ms

Other admission requirements

-Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
-Submit at least two letters of reference from professors or supervisors.
-Submit a personal statement describing the applicant's goals for the program focusing on their research interests and possible thesis research (including possible thesis mentors).
-Complete a graduate application.

Additional information

Cooperative education:
The program includes an optional cooperative education component. Co-op is generally completed in the summer after the first year of the program. The co-op experience provides experiential learning that integrates with classroom education and allows students to apply psychological principles to problems in a variety of work environments. Co-op may be completed in any business or industrial setting.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

The department

As a student in the Department of Psychology, you will undertake a survey of current knowledge and viewpoints about the science of behavior and cognitive processes. You will learn the research methods by which such knowledge is obtained, and be given the opportunity to study basic psychological processes, their development, the nature of behavioral aberrations, their treatment, and selected applications of this knowledge.

The undergraduate and graduate programs in Psychology encompass child and adult psychology, abnormal behavior, therapy, and psychological testing. The curricula explores the sciences of psychology—learning, perception, behavioral neuroscience, developmental processes, and normal and abnormal processes—and their practical application. In addition to classroom studies, you will gain hands-on experience at community youth centers, hospitals, human resource departments, and agencies that serve developmentally disabled children and adults.

Fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.), trains students who want to practice as clinical psychologists with a strong interest in traditionally underserved populations. In addition to mastering a rigorous core curriculum, Psy.D. students gain special competencies in two of four areas: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Interventions with High-Risk Families, and Serious Mental Illness.

M.A. in Experimental Psychology

In earning this 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology you will strengthen your research, writing and critical-thinking skills while broadening and deepening your knowledge of behavior. The core curriculum provides a foundation in the basic topics of statistics, experimental methods, behavior analysis and learning, perception and cognition, and the neuropsychological bases of behavior. You will have unique opportunities to conduct original hands-on research.

In designing a program to fit your own interests and needs, you will have an opportunity to choose from a full menu of electives, including “Social Psychology,” “Personality,” “Applied Behavior Analysis,” “Psychopathology,” “Psychopharmacology “ and “Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy.” In addition to paving the way for further study on the graduate level, the M.A. in Psychology will prepare you for a wide range of positions in research, education, industrial organization, management training and human resources.

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The sport and performance psychology (SPP) program at University of Western States (UWS) provides students with the skills in positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and maximize human potential. Read more
The sport and performance psychology (SPP) program at University of Western States (UWS) provides students with the skills in positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and maximize human potential. The program offers a Master of Science degree as well as a doctoral degree. The Master of Science program transfers seamlessly into the doctoral program should a student wish to continue on after completing the master’s level.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Experienced Faculty
Our faculty is comprised of recognized leaders in the field of applied sport psychology who have extensive experience in the classroom and private practice. This practical experience is a key strength of the program because it provides students with diverse learning opportunities from professionals with established careers and experience as sport psychology consultants.

Diverse Practicum
Beyond the classroom, our programs provide many diverse practicum opportunities for students to apply learned skills with athletes and performers in real-world settings. In addition to established locations, students are encouraged to pursue practicum experiences that meet their particular interests.

Applied Focus
The program focuses extensively on the science and practice of sport and performance psychology. Beyond learning the basic principles of sport psychology, our professors and curriculum help you apply the information with a hands-on approach.

Extensive Curriculum
The program is designed specifically to teach the science, theory and application of sport and performance psychology in the most comprehensive curriculum possible.

Flexibility and Customization
Our program offers great flexibility and several personalized elective options. This allows our students to select interesting, relevant coursework to meet their individual job and certification needs.

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The M.A. program in General Psychology is designed primarily for those students who seek to improve their knowledge, skills and research experience in psychology in order to strengthen their educational background for application to doctoral programs. Read more
The M.A. program in General Psychology is designed primarily for those students who seek to improve their knowledge, skills and research experience in psychology in order to strengthen their educational background for application to doctoral programs. A strong focus on student research experience helps to prepare students for continuing graduate study at the doctoral level. The program may also prepare students for a range of occupations in business, government, and other non-academic research settings, as students learn critical thinking and data analysis skills that are attractive to both public and private research firms. A mentorship model, in which students are accepted into the program only with an established agreement with a faculty member, ensures that students are involved in a program of research from their first semester. Course work for the General Psychology program is designed around a core curriculum of statistics, research design, substantive areas of psychology, and a research-based thesis. Thus, students enrolled in this program are expected to develop an understanding of the fundamental areas of psychology, to acquire a high level of sophistication in statistics, experimental design, data analysis, psychological measurement, and quantitative methods, and to conduct research in a specialized area of study. The General Psychology M.A. program does not, however, provide clinical preparation. Students interested in a career that includes clinical preparation should consider the Clinical PsyD program.

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See the department website - https://www.rit.edu/cla/psychology/graduate/ms-school-psych/overview. The master of science degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Read more
See the department website - https://www.rit.edu/cla/psychology/graduate/ms-school-psych/overview

The master of science degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.

A school psychologist works with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and professionals to offer services that lead to the amelioration of existing student difficulties and attempts to prevent school problems. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologists help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve students’ adjustment to school and their community.

The master of science degree is awarded after students have completed all course work, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review.

Plan of study

A minimum of 66 semester credit hours are required for completion of the program. Before registering for the internship, students must pass a portfolio review. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in school psychology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university,

- Have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0,

- Have completed at least 18 semester hours in behavioral sciences with a grade of B (3.0) or above,

- Have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology,

- Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),

- Submit letters of reference,

- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,

- Submit an essay outlining the candidate's goals and related experience that shows evidence of a professional commitment and the potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults,

- Complete an individual interview, and

- Complete an application for graduate study.

- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 580 (paper-based) is required. This requirement is waived for native speakers of English and those submitting transcripts from American universities.

All credentials must be submitted and reviewed before the student completes 9 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program. Applications are due by February 1. Later applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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The quantitative psychology master’s program aims to prepare students for applied and research careers as statisticians, psychometricians, data analysts, and quantitative psychologists in education, business, government, and other organizations. Read more
The quantitative psychology master’s program aims to prepare students for applied and research careers as statisticians, psychometricians, data analysts, and quantitative psychologists in education, business, government, and other organizations. Goals are to help candidates develop research skills to keep up with recent theoretical and practical developments affecting their profession; data analysis skills used in organizations; skills related to interpretation and communication of statistical output; analytical skills for statistical decision-making; and test construction and validation skills with item response theory. The degree should give graduates an edge in their chosen career or as a Ph.D. applicant. Half of the program’s students come from other states (from Arizona to Michigan to Massachusetts to Florida) or other countries (including Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine).

Career

Graduates holding a master’s degree in quantitative psychology may analyze empirical data obtained from scientific research and/or conduct scientific research on psychometrics or statistical phenomena. They also might provide program evaluation and statistical consulting services for government, businesses, hospitals, schools, and other data-collecting agencies. Other job activities could include developing and evaluating mathematical models of psychological phenomena or educational and psychological tests. About one-third of students continue on to doctoral programs in measurement, quantitative psychology, social psychology, or literacy studies. Some suggested occupations for graduates with a master’s in quantitative psychology include:

Data analyst
Marketing research analyst
Program evaluator
Psychometrician
SAS programmer
Statistician

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Abbot Vascular
AdvanceMed
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona
Cigna Government Services
Discovery Communications
HealthStream
Healthways
Matria Healthcare
MedSolutions
MiMedx Group
Quorum Health Resources
SpecialtyCare
State of Tennessee
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Tennessee Supreme Court
United Health Group

Doctoral programs where MTSU students were accepted include:

Georgia Tech
Middle Tennessee State University
University of California-Davis
University of Denver
University of Minnesota
University of Oklahoma
University of South Florida

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The Experimental concentration for the psychology master's degree has the primary objective of preparing students for a Ph.D. program. Read more
The Experimental concentration for the psychology master's degree has the primary objective of preparing students for a Ph.D. program. However, many industries, clinical settings, and research universities are interested in students with the analytical and statistical skills of a research psychologist. Graduates with a master's degree in experimental psychology also may teach at the community college level. MTSU facilities include standard apparatus for human research, a library of many standardized psychological tests, and laboratories with one-way mirrors and videotaping equipment. The department hosts a state-of-the-art electroencephalography (EEG) lab equipped with a 128-channels EGI Geodesics System and a GPS sensor registration system for precise brain signal source localization. Computer software includes statistical software (SPSS and SAS) and software specific to the acquisition and analysis of human performance data (E Prime, Matlab). Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available.

Career

MTSU's experimental psychology master's program trains students for careers as a research psychologist and for preparation toward a doctorate degree. Some professional options are:

Community college psychology instructor
Data analyst
Research psychologist
Statistician

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

APPLE Psychological Consultants (Maryville, TN)
Lee University
North Arkansas Veterans Administration Medical Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Vanderbilt University

Doctoral programs accepting recent graduates include:

Mississippi State University
Texas A&M University
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
University of Alabama
University of Utah

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Examine the science of psychology and gain an understanding of human behavior. In the master’s program in psychology you explore core theories and the latest research, gaining insights into how human beings think, feel, behave, and navigate their social world. Read more
Examine the science of psychology and gain an understanding of human behavior. In the master’s program in psychology you explore core theories and the latest research, gaining insights into how human beings think, feel, behave, and navigate their social world.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

Through the degree in the field of psychology you:
-Develop an enhanced understanding of social science research, human behavior, research designs, scientific outcomes, behavioral science research, quantitative and qualitative methods, and new investigation design.
-Learn to communicate complex psychological knowledge, both orally and in writing, with awareness of the latest field knowledge.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The degree includes nine courses—at least three on campus—and a thesis.

-Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
-Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
-Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. You are required to take at least three courses on campus as part of your degree.
-Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how research is executed and communicated.
-Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Psychology.

COST

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $25,500.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Student Financial Services staff can assist you in identifying funds that will help you meet the costs of your education. You can find more information here: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/tuition-enrollment/financial-aid

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Professionals with an understanding of Industrial/Organizational Psychology principles continue to be in high demand in the workplace. Read more
Professionals with an understanding of Industrial/Organizational Psychology principles continue to be in high demand in the workplace. West Chester University is excited to announce a new online certificate program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students in the program can acquire business, leadership, and psychology skills to help them advance their career in management or human resources.

In the certificate program, individuals interested in the scientific study of employees and organizations will learn to apply psychology to the workplace, use research methods to solve problems, and improve quality of work life.

Students will explore topics such as workplace motivation and attitudes; employee selection, training, and evaluation; leadership, group and organizational behavior; organizational culture and change management; people analytics and human resource management. Graduates from this I/O certificate program can help drive positive change in organizations, motivate teams, increase employee productivity.

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The MTSU Clinical Psychology master’s program emphasizes a broadly based scientist-practitioner approach. The course of study offers preparation to pursue doctoral training or employment involving psychological assessment, diagnostic interviewing, and/or the application of behavior analysis principles. Read more
The MTSU Clinical Psychology master’s program emphasizes a broadly based scientist-practitioner approach. The course of study offers preparation to pursue doctoral training or employment involving psychological assessment, diagnostic interviewing, and/or the application of behavior analysis principles. The skills training does not provide preparation to practice psychotherapy or professional counseling at the terminal master’s level. The curriculum and practica of the program are designed to meet certification requirements for the State of Tennessee’s Certified Psychological Assistant designation. In addition to the core requirements, the Clinical program offers training in three specializations: general clinical, health/neuropsychology, and applied behavior analysis. The psychology department has a limited number of graduate assistantships available, and a limited number of faculty have money for research assistants built into their grants.

Career

Graduates from the Clinical Psychology master’s program will be prepared to pursue doctoral training and/or to work in various mental health and related settings. Some occupations of recent alumni include:

Adjunct professor
Behavior therapist
Behavioral consultant
Board-certified behavior analyst
Case manager
Certified psychological assistant
Certified sex offender treatment provider
Psychometrist
Research field assessor
Research interview specialist
Statistical analyst III

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

AGAPE
Clarksville Behavior Health
Kreig Roof & Associates
Frontier Health
Haynesville Correctional Center
MTSU Advising Center
Positive Behavior Supports Corp.
Scarab Behavioral Health Services
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Tennessee Family Solutions
University of Alabama-Birmingham, Neurology Department
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Psychiatry Clinic

Doctoral programs where MTSU graduates have attended include:

East Tennessee State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Tennessee State University
Trevecca Nazarene University
University of Kwazulu-Natal
University of Missouri
University of Montana
Utah State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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MTSU is recognized for having one of the top-ranked Industrial/Organizational Psychology master’s programs in the nation. With a projected job growth rate of 53% for the I/O field through the year 2022, the future continues to look bright for program graduates. Read more
MTSU is recognized for having one of the top-ranked Industrial/Organizational Psychology master’s programs in the nation. With a projected job growth rate of 53% for the I/O field through the year 2022, the future continues to look bright for program graduates. MTSU offers a wide range of courses designed to prepare students for positions in human resource departments, consulting opportunities, or entry into an I/O doctoral program. Graduates lead careers that specialize in recruitment and selection of employees, training, job analysis, compensation, performance measurement and evaluation, leadership, workplace attitudes, organizational development, and more. The program aims to produce professionals who can apply their I/O psychology knowledge base, grounded in scientific theory and research, to organizations. Beyond a required internship, students are involved in multiple applied projects with client businesses and organizations that provide real-world experience prior to graduation. With seven dedicated faculty members, a diverse group of students, strong research opportunities, and applied experiences with actual clients every semester, the I/O program at MTSU offers students a unique and high-quality education.

Career

A master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to prepare graduates for opportunities in human resource departments of business, industry, and government, as well as careers in consulting or entry to related doctoral programs. The placement rate for landing a career-relevant job has typically been 100% for graduates of this program. Research by alumnus Felix Thai shows that the program provides an impressive return on investment ranging from 786% to 2,226%. Alumni of MTSU’s I/O program have successfully found jobs throughout the United States and internationally. MTSU master’s I/O graduates work in a variety of organizations ranging from large Fortune 100 companies to government and nonprofit organizations. Some alumni job titles include:

Compensation analyst
Corporate human resources director
Director of overseas operations
Director of training
HR generalist
Research analyst
Senior consultant of HR and organizational development
Vice president of international services

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

American Red Cross
BellSouth
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
Bridgestone
Coca-Cola
Comdata Inc.
Cracker Barrel
Dell Computers
Microsoft
Nissan
Target
Towers Perrin Consulting
Toyota Tsusho America
S. Postal Service
Verizon
Walmart
WorldCom

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Master the study of the social, cognitive, emotional, and educational development of children and young adults with this one-year (fall, spring, summer) master of education degree program in Educational and School Psychology. Read more
Master the study of the social, cognitive, emotional, and educational development of children and young adults with this one-year (fall, spring, summer) master of education degree program in Educational and School Psychology.

While designed for students who plan to pursue certification in school psychology after the master’s degree, this program is also for those who want to take on entry-level professional careers as practitioners or administrators.

All students start as a cohort group in the fall and graduate at the end of summer – a great way to develop relationships with your peers.

As a student, you will:
-Discover instructional methods and cognitive and behavioral theories of learning
-Gain a broad theoretical and practical background in the areas of education and psychology
-Broaden your understanding of human development and learning
-Learn about educational evaluation, research and how to develop evidence-based interventions

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MTSU's combined M.A and Ed.S. program in School Psychology is field-based with a research-based thesis required. The National Association of School Psychologists first approved the program in 1991, and graduates are eligible for national certification until the next review cycle in approximately 2020. Read more
MTSU's combined M.A and Ed.S. program in School Psychology is field-based with a research-based thesis required. The National Association of School Psychologists first approved the program in 1991, and graduates are eligible for national certification until the next review cycle in approximately 2020. The program also seeks to prepare Ed.S.-level school psychologists for licensure by the Tennessee Board of Education. The school psychologist must be prepared to understand and deal with the child's three major social systems: society in general, the family situation, and the school system. MTSU uses a psychosocial model and promotes a multicultural perspective. Students also get training in assessment and intervention with school pupils who have dyslexia, through the Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia and neighboring education districts. Graduate and research assistantships are among financial aid possibilities.

Career

MTSU graduates are employed in education as either school psychologists or behavioral analysts. A school psychologist may work in a variety of different environments including public schools, clinics and hospitals, private schools, school health clinics, universities, community agencies, and in private practice.

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Bedford County Schools
Cartersville (Ga.) Schools
Cave City (Ark.) School District
Coffee County Schools
Dickson County Schools
Knoxville City Schools
Lewis County Schools
McMinn County Schools
Metro-Nashville Public Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Rutherford County School
Sumner County Schools
Tennessee Department of Education
Vancouver (Wash.) Public Schools
Warren County Schools
Williamson County Schools
Wilson County Schools

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The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) program is designed for students who plan careers in Human Resource areas of business, industry, government, or other organizations. Read more
The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) program is designed for students who plan careers in Human Resource areas of business, industry, government, or other organizations. The program also prepares students for doctoral training in I/O and related fields.

See the website for details: https://wcupa.edu/sciences-mathematics/psychology/ioConcentration.aspx

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